Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.0 miElevation gain2,253 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Zealand Road closes seasonally in winter, adding distance to this trail if you have to park outside of the gate (about 2.5 additional miles each way). This peak has a large pile of rocks at the top clearly marking the summit. The top of this peak has experienced some tree growth which unfortunately has blocked many of the great views. Perhaps if climbing on top of the massive pile of rocks that mark the summit, it may be possible to view more of the surrounding White Mountains. The trail up is steep but enjoyable.

Parking lot requires forest pass.

The Hale Brook Trailhead is located 2.5 miles south down the Zealand road which departs from Route 302 about 2 miles east of the intersection of 302 and Rte. 3.

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Vince Aceto
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Great day in the whites but then again when isn't it one. Long walk to the trailhead but worth it. Snowmobilers were cool to see enjoying the day as well on Zealand rd. Hale Brook was single track but packed down. Definitely snowshoes start to finish.

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Wyatt Nowak
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snowy.

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Matt B
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HikingBugsGreat!

Not a whole lot to say about this one. Did it once way back in 2017 and that was probably enough for me. An easy 4000 footer for the most part, with the only highlight being a summit meadow with a huge cairn. I don't know about the lend-a-hand trail, but I bet it makes for an attractive loop!

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Eric Cunningham
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Thanks to Mark and Sandy for breaking out most of the trail, glad I could return the favor and finish the rest for them. Great day in the snow!

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Keith Jean
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Maria Found
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HikingGreat!

My. Hale today with the gray jays. Sun came out in full force and winds minimal. What is normally a 4.4 out and back ended up being 10 miles due to Zealand road closure and parking down the road. Had snowshoes, crampons and spikes but didn’t need any. Amazing conditions on packed trail. Good day to get this one.

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Mike S
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

Hiked 12/20. Overcast day but high ceiling. There are partially obstructed views of the Presidentials near the peak. Since the gate is closed, there is an extra 2.5+ miles each way to and from the trailhead and the footing is a bit soft - snowshoes (or x-c skis) would help. The trail itself is well packed and microspikes or crampons are sufficient. The whole trip is a little over 9 miles and took 5 1/2 hours - 30 minute break (age mid 50s). I can imagine that with with warm and wet weather coming this week that this trail will get soft and slushy for the holiday weekend.

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Shawn White
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HikingIcySnow

Gate is closed in winter, but parked at the lot down the street from Zealand gate. Walked 2.5 down Zealand rd to Hale brook trailhead. Total trip was 9 miles. Rain in the morning quickly turned to steady snow throughout the day. Good day to check a no view 4ker off the list. Spikes where needed for ice under snow .5 from summit. Total snow fall (wile there) was 6". Cooked a meal in the tree line on summit to block some snow/wind. 2 hrs up (topical layer changing) 1.5 down. 1/2 hr cooking/eating at summit. 1hr each way, 2.5 down Zealand rd (another .2 to parking lot) Total was 6hrs.

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Lion Tamer
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HikingIcy

Trail is a moderate, steady climb. 4 water crossings, the third one is the largest over Hale Brook, but not bad. Footing mostly dirt and loose stone, gets rocky at the switchbacks about 1.1 miles into the hike. On 11/30/20, there was snow on the trail starting at about 2700 feet, and clear ice further up, required spikes, especially on descent. Trail is in good shape, about 3 hours round trip. No view at the top, so enjoy the hike itself. it’s a pretty trail with hardwoods transitioning to evergreen further up. A good rainy day hike.

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Stephanie Cawley
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I needed a quick hike and this fit the bill perfectly. I was on trail for just 3 and a half hours total. Rain was forecasted in the afternoon so got off trail 15" before the rains began. Bare ground for the first 3/4 mile then hit a little snow and ice. Nanospikes went on a little before the 2nd water crossing. I suspect that it's less snowy and more icy after yesterday's rain and the cool down last night, so microspikes are probably mandatory. Nice little hike with a viewless summit but a few restricted views a quarter mile below the summit.

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Stephanie Cawley
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I needed a quick hike and this fit the bill perfectly. I was on trail for just 3 and a half hours total. Rain was forecasted in the afternoon so got off trail 15" before the rains began. Bare ground for the first 3/4 mile then hit a little snow and ice. Nanospikes went on a little before the 2nd water crossing. I suspect that it's less snowy and more icy after yesterday's rain and the cool down last night, so microspikes are probably mandatory. Nice little hike with a viewless summit but a few restricted views a quarter mile below the summit.

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Tony Aversano
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Kelsey MacDonald
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only recorded the ascent. I definitely recommend spikes for after the second water crossing. fun hike! no views. had a visit from a Grey Jay at the top. some mud in the bottom half.

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Kate Harris
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HikingIcy

Zealand Rd was open! Hike 11/21/20 Short and sweet hike. After so many long ones, this seemed like a tease. But a good one to test out winter and get more comfortable with cold weather hiking for this newbie. Parking lot was filled at 10:20am on Sat. Parked on the road. The climb was pretty consistent all the way up (up up.) Through the woods, along a stream for the first part. No tricky stream crossings. At the last third we put on our spikes as the icy was pretty slippery and more unavoidable. As most have said, the summit offered no views, just an open space with a pile of rocks. There was a glimpse of a view right before the summit. It was a gorgeous day, so a bummer to miss out on views. But the benefit was not having wind exposure. This probably wasn’t one I’d do again, but was still a fun 2 hours and 51 minutes! Lots of dogs which made me bummed I didn’t bring mine.

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Joe Grillo
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Chase Bertrand
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Nice walk through the woods

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Austin Becker
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1 hours 45 minutes to finish, bushwhacked the switchbacks. Easy easy bag

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Doug Kohout
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Emma Canducci
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Great first winter hike! After the second river crossing there’s a solid amount of ice underneath the 2-4 inches of snow, making spikes and poles a must! Both river crosses have stable rocks to go across, but ice is starting on there. With the warm weather this weekend, anticipate this being very wet and icy!

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Amanda Benoit
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Easy hike with icy spots half way up the mountain. Traction is helpful. Overcast but ok because not much of a view at the top.

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Stacey Madden
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Perfect hike for a cloudy day.

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Hannah Belanger
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HikingGreat!

This was a very quick hike with no views at the summit, unless you count the gigantic cairn. It was extremely windy, so much so that I had to shelter in the trees while taking a water break to avoid getting too chilled.

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