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I did this with a friend in 3 days in September staying at Greenleaf and Galehead hut for the two nights. That made the pack lighter. Gorgeous views. We hit 10 4000' peaks and the last day had a super clear view for the three Bonds. Fantastic 360 views. I would definitely hike this again. It's hard. Lots of rock scrambling, not for the faint of heart. Great elevation gain & loss over the three days. Start early each day and go go go cause it's hard terrain to cover each day. I loved running into the thru hikers on the AT. Got a bad calf cramp on the last day & a few blisters but overall a wonderful experience.

Great cold hike, definitely not as cold as it could have been but there were some extraordinarily windy spots. The trail was VERY Wet and saturated with water throughout the entire hike. There were a few rainy days beforehand that probably didn't make it better.

One thing I noticed no one really mentions is how many bridges there are, I counted over 90 from the beginning of the trail to the summit of Zealand. Most are after the hut. Nothing wrong with the amount of bridges but based on the other peaks I have hiked it was the most I had ever seen. The bridges around the Zeacliff outlook are loose and SINK when you step on them. There are parts of mud that are pretty much unavoidable, jumping with a heavy pack is pretty exhausting lol.

We actually started before sunrise so we had to use our headlamps for the first 40 minutes or so which was pretty cool. The bridges around the pond area were a bit icy but nothing crazy. We did experience a moose on the trail, luckily it looked like we spooked him more than he did us and we saw him run off into the marshy area.

The trail was a bit busy especially on our way back. Overall a fun hike, obviously with how wet the trail is it is very slippery especially the logs. No bug issues thanks to the temperature, I would imagine it would be pretty miserable during summer with how much water is around. Beautiful trail, definitely would fall hike this again maybe even early spring when the snow has begun to melt.

side note we did get chased down the mountain for a little bit by a bird, definitely a 1st and hopefully the last

I did this as a 2-day backpack counterclockwise loop, camping at Garfield. Fantastic hike with lots of varying terrain and great views throughout! 2 days is enough if you are willing to keep moving - I was also able to bag side peaks Galehead and North Twin.

I did the one day challenge for the loop. It was tough but awesome. I would say im an average hiker, about 50lbs over weight, with 2 bum ankles. I started around 6:30am, Sat Oct 21st. I decided to go clockwise as I wanted that nice easy 10+ miles to end the day. That nice and easy 10+ miles would not be nice or easy, but I'll get to that.
The hike up Flume and liberty was nice but slow. I was on Liberty at 9:30am. I had made a decision to hike slowly on the inclines to save my legs and would employ this strategy all the way through the hike. It worked really well, but you feel like a snail. The liberty camp sites' water source was dripping slowly and made it near impossible to resupply. Franconia ridge was next and it was packed. I was on Lafayette at noon. It was crystal clear views but very windy. I thought the hike from Lafayette to Galehead hut was going to be a lot faster and easier than it was. The terrain is tricky and its just hard to put a few steps together in some places. There is good water at the camp sites and at the hut. The hut is where you need to camel up because the next reliable water source is not until after Bondcliff. After the hut you have an awesome climb up South Twin. It is hard but its the last strenuous climb of the hike. The rest is a cake walk, if you're in shape, and used to doing long miles in a day, or if you're doing a multi day hike of the loop. At this point I was still feeling good and got some good shots of just after sunset on the top. This is the point where I knew I would finish the hike and started cursing myself for bringing a full, multi day pack, instead of my day pack. I ate some dinner and got out my headlight for some night hiking. Its supposed to be 2 miles to Guyout, its easy terrain, some how it took me 1.5 hours. I don't know how or why but maybe my speedometer was just thrown way off by the dark. Or maybe I left South twin a lot later than I thought I did. My memory plays tricks on me. Walking up to the summit of Bond was when my body said enough! No longer could I take graceful and smooth discerning steps. My brain was telling me to turn around and go to the Guyout shelter. It seems both mentally and physically I had hit a wall. Now the whole hike was emotional and physical ups and downs, Im not talking about some aches and pains mixed in with some doubt. My legs just plain refused to do what I asked them to do. Sure they would move forward but now they wobbled and didn't land exactly right. SO these last 10+ miles were now not going to go well. It was slow going and painful but I managed to get up over Bond and Bondcliff and by this point I was really looking forward to the water that cascades out of the side of the mountain a mile or so from the summit... but it was dried up. I stood there at 'the crossing' of what is usually a lot of water, very thirsty and wanted to just lay down and go to sleep. In the distance I heard a trickle, so I slack packed down the dried stream bed to find the trickle. It ended up not being to far, maybe 40 yards. I drank a lot of water and luckily had some Gatorade powder still so I could replenish some electrolytes. The last 8 miles were still slow and painful especially with all the leaves covering all the roots and rocks. I made it to my car at 3:17am, pulled out my sleeping bag, got in the back seat, and was out within seconds. It was worth it! What a great challenge!

One of the best - and most dramatic - 3-day hikes anywhere.

Great hiking with a fabulous fall foliage bonus! No view from the peak but the views on the hike in made up for it. The hut is so cool! Great croo with answers to all your questions.

it was a good hike .it was beautiful hike

Tougher hike than 'Easy'. The hike is awesome though and the hut is a cool stopping point. Views were cool at the top too

Nice trail. Passes by beaver ponds. Half way, there is a hut. They sell food, like soup, cake, tea. Z-cliff view is very beautiful.

Great trail. A 3mile hike to camp ground.

Outstanding trail albeit be careful with footing

Busy on the weekends but this hike is great. I completed it in 3 days.

Definitely tested my newbie stamina!! Way fun. Camped overnight at Guyout.

No view at the summmit very pissed off . But the view at the cliff is amazing so if you see the sign that says view just go there

2 star ?!?!?!? why??

This loop is amazing!!! I did it in two days but there is no need for that. If you have the time 4 days is the way to go. You can enjoy all the views without the rush. Set camp early and head to the one of the closes sumits to each of the camp or tent sites and catch the sunset. With 4 days you are looking at 7 - 10 miles a day give or take. 3 days is also good. Heck one day if you really want a challenge!
No wrong way to start the loop its just an awsome time. Especially if the weather is on your side.

Started very early, around 8AM, going clounter-clockwise and made it to Mount Guyot by sunset, camping there for the first night. By mid afternoon the next day, we climbed our way to Galehead Mountain where there's a lodge, and followed the Twin Brook Trail into the Franconia Brook Trail to the campground that's at the intersection of the Lincoln Brook Trail, camping there the second night. The next morning, it was an easy walk to where we began.
NOTES:
1. If you don't have a sleeping pad, Mount Guyot is very difficult since all of their campsites are wooden slats.
2. Camping anywhere outside the designated campsites is very difficult to do. Up high, there's just nowhere that you can, and down low, there's a high amount of supervision.
3. There are illegal campsites along the Lincoln Brook Trail that are very welcoming (but be quiet and don't get caught otherwise you'll be forced to move).
4. The series of trails that run through the center of the loop vertically, to us, are the best parts of it. Sure it's not as scenic but it's woodsy, quiet, and not unreasonably strenuous like the majority of the loop is.
5. Be prepared to climb, a lot. Pack as lightly as possible.

Great hike. Not strenuous but has some minor stream crossings and rocky path requiring sure-footedness. Go to the hut for a nice view.

backpacking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great, great loop. Can really kick your butt if you aren't prepared for the level of intensity, but you'll be rewarded with great views and some great campsites.

Did this one last September as a solo day-hike. One of my favorites of the 4000'ers. Not a difficult hike but it is long. The first couple miles are very easy and wind through various types of terrain. There's also a brief but steep portion maybe 3/4's up. No views from the top but the cliff view is one of the best I've seen. I spent a good bit of time there. Stopped in at Zealand Falls hut to rest and use the restroom on the way up and back.

backpacking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

A few friends and I thought this would be a good first attempt at an overnight trail. Boy were we in over our heads. Had a blast and took in some breathtaking views. It was worth the sweat, aches, and pains!

hiking
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 9, 2016: I started at 0500 and ended at 1900. It was cold, windy, and rainy. There's still some snow on the Lincoln/ Lafayette Ridge. It's a pretty tough climb, but once you're on the ridge top it's pretty easy to get some big miles in.

easy and has amazing views!!

The best multi-day loop in the Whites, hands down (in my opinion). The peaks you hit are incomparable, and the views are breathtaking. Not a single peak without a view. I have done this in sections, and finally completed it in-full this past August for my birthday, over four days and three nights. Stayed at Liberty Springs Tentsite, Garfield Shelter, and Guyot Shelter. I cannot wait to do this again.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Amazing and worth the trip to the amazing hut. More like a house. Roomy, food and drink :-)
Kid friendly

Great trail. Easy to moderate. The hut was great grabbed a cookie there. The waterfalls were fantastic. Nice little 6mi hike not hard but challenging enough whole family can do it.

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.

Great hike. Some nice waterfalls and views along the way. We continued on to the Bonds. See link for photos.

http://www.trailsunblazed.com/the-bonds-and-mt-zealand/

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