Long way in to the base of the mountain from Lincoln Woods but it's a relatively easy hike since it follows old logging railroad beds & roads. Once you get to Owl's Head Path (Slide), it's a steep and somewhat dangerous hike to the top which takes about an hour. Not one my favorite 4,000 footers since it takes a lot of effort with no payoff views at the top. Many river crossings which are easy during low water periods but may become much harder during high water periods.
James E. on Owl's Head Trail
Steep accent - loose rocks - wooded "summit" - very few views. Glad to cross it off the list.
Glenn C. on Zealand Trail to the Summit
Amazing and worth the trip to the amazing hut. More like a house. Roomy, food and drink :-)
Lots of water sources for the dog. Waterfalls were great. If the day was hotter I would have jumped in myself. The bugs weren't bad, but they must be lethal in spring with all of the shallow pools on the approach. Zeacliff was really gorgeous. Zealand Summit is anticlimactic. Decided to hit the Hale summit afterward and this melted my legs away due to having to reclaim 2000ft elev. Hale summit has no view, but there are some views through the trees on approach. Blueberries along the trail were tart and delicious.
Hiked to the Zealand Hut on 8/13/2016. Left around 10 AM and fortunately after the hot weather and high humidity broke -- previous days were 90*F and 90% humidity.
Hike in was uneventful and unfortunately had limited visibility with the changeable weather systems. All in all, enjoyable and relatively easy to get to the hut, shed some gear and then leave for a couple other peaks.
Hiked to Zealand Hut on 7/24/2016. The weather and trail condition was excellent although there was a tree down across the trail that was not there on the accent. The temperature was 63°F and humidity was comfortable. Traffic was marginal on the trail to and fro. All hikers encountered were courteous and friendly. All an all it was an excellent day hiking the New Hampshire White Mountains.