Mount Hale and Mount Zealand Loop via Hale Brook to Zealand Trail

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Mount Hale and Mount Zealand Loop via Hale Brook to Zealand Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
13.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

This Trailhead is located at the southern terminus of Zealand Road. [Zealand Road remains unplowed in winter.] A long, but fun journey that allows you to bag two NH 4000 footers. The climb up the Hale Brook Trail is very short but steep. Descend Mount Hale via the Lend-A-Hand Trail and feel like you are in nature's isolation. The Zealand Falls Hut is located at the junction of the Twinway Trail/AT so you can refill and refuel on the way up or down from Mount Zealand. Follow the AT up to Zealand's summit, and make sure to take the Zeacliff Pond Spur Trail or one of two incredible viewing areas to make up for Zealand and Hale's wooded summits. The Zealand Trail on the way down is quite easy and flat. This trail can easily be done as a loop with one car as long as you don't mind a short extra walk along Zealand Road.

1 month ago

Just attempted Hale and Zealand. The weather couldn’t of been better with temps above freezing and no wind. Note, Zealand road is closed so you will need to add 2.5 miles to get to the trailhead.

Hale was a great climb (albeit with some significant melt underway). The trail itself was well broken in but with the warm temps, a bit like hiking in 4 inches of sand.

Was hoping to tackle Zealand but found that the final mile and a half of trail to get there was completely unbroken. I tried to break it myself but with only microspikes, I was routinely sinking in to thigh or hip level. I had to abandon after about a quarter mile.

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4 months ago

This route is long but a lot of fun! The climb up to Hale Brook was super short, and I quickly summited. I saw no one as I crossed along the Lend-A-Hand Trail. The trek up to Zealand felt long, but as I returned back down I stopped at one of the viewpoint spurs which opened up to amazing and refreshing views of the Bonds and the Pemi Wilderness. The way back out from Zealand Falls Hut down the Zealand Trail was extremely flat... it was actually quite surprising. I walked along Zealand Road about a mile back to my car at the Hale Brook trailhead. Overall, an enjoyable afternoon!

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