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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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 2,253 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

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Getting There

Note: Zealand Road is closed 1 mile from 302 after Sugarloaf Trailhead due to storm damage. For more information, please see https://trailsnh.com/reports/Forest-Roads-Gates.php#:~:text=Zealand%20Road%20is%20closed%201,Trailhead%20due%20to%20storm%20damage.&text=NHDOT%20posted%20today%20that%20Bear%20Notch%20road%20is%20open%20for%20the%20season.&text=In%20accordance%2C%20the%20USDA%20Forest,least%20through%20June%201%2C%202020. 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 a lot of the great views. Perhaps if you climb on top of the massive pile of rocks that mark the summit you'll be able to see 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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Steven Desrochers
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Joel Orcutt
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Hiking

Nice trail and very pretty hiking up alongside the brook. As others said, no view from the top but we found it very peaceful. Great escape midweek.

Jack Pindell
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Cool trail but not many viewpoints. Quick and easy.

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Kris K
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Lakshmi Srinivasan
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Lakshmi Venkatesan
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Jenny Humphries
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Great out and back. Buggy at top.

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Maggie Getchell
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Hiking

Great easy hike. It starts right of steep, and continues to get a bit steeper, nothing strenuous though. Not a ton of parking. No view but plenty of room at the top.

Lyndsay Moulton
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Kids ( 13 and 11 yrs) 2nd 4k- and our puppies 1st- we loved the water crossings and "waterfalls" no view but not a bad hike. Up and down in 3 hrs

Karyn Stone
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Tara G
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Steady incline....but nothing crazy :)

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Kim Hock
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Hale may not have many views, but Hale Brook Trail is a beautiful wooded, peaceful trail with some nice areas with running water.

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Candice Brown
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Steady incline. Easy 4K to cross off. No views. Overall nice hike

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Ken Hall
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Great (relatively) short 4K. Took a little over three hours.

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Ed White
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Gwen Purssell
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Hale Brook Trail is 2.2 each way, so 4.4 total, not 4 which alltrails has listed. The trail is well worn and easy to follow. Dirt the first half, smaller rocks on the second. It does have steeper sections, but for the most part just a steady ascent. We went when it was in the high 80s and it definitely slowed us down, but I think if we had picked a cooler day, it would have been a much more enjoyable hike. No views at the top, no view points along the way either, but it was relaxing listening to the stream. Lots of frogs! Two small water crossings, if you would even call it that, the rocks are big and close together so it’s an easy walk across.

Fawn L
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HikingBugs

I hiked the loop of Hale Brook Trail to Lend A Hand Trail and then down Zealand Trail past the hut and the falls and the pond and back to the car. This loop includes 1 mile walking along the road feom the Zealand trailhead to the Hale Beook Trailhead. 8.8 miles per my Garmin. It was pouring rain and a great choice in this weather as the footing was good (definitely go up Hale Brook not down it!) and it’s not like there is a fab view that you miss due to the weather. Really well maintained trails. The bugs were miserable but that’s the time if year and the weather!!

Mike Fitzpatrick
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HikingMuddy

This is and out and back trail route but it’s not 4.0 miles as described. More like 6.0. Plan accordingly. It was a nice hike. Plenty of canopy cover to protect from the hot summer sun. The one thing lacking is the summit view. There really isn’t one at all. Trees obscure everything in all directions. The only views are if you break trail in a few places and and the last quarter mile to the peak you can see the surrounding mountains through the tree line. My recording is slightly off as I forgot to start the recording again on the way back down. The recorder says 5.2 miles but compared to my Garmin it kept track the entire time and had us at 6.1 from door to door to my parked truck in the lot.

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Samantha Albert
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Hale had great trail conditions. I had read there was a lot of trash so we brought stuff to clean up on our way. No need, someone else had already done it and it was spotless. There’s really no view but it was a great hike for a possibly rainy day.

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Gretchen Booth-Thibault
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Zealand lot open. Steep. Not too buggy at all. Trail in good condition, 1-2 muddy spots after crossings. No view. Quick elevation. Two water crossings very do-able. Saw ages 10-75. Masks and distancing which was nice. A few well behaved dogs. Parking lot holds 10-12maybe? We are ages 49-50 ish. This was my 7 th. Learned: bring gloves to pick up litter and ALWAYS bring my map. It was a straight shot but we had thought about continuing and did not trust our phones since services so iffy. Foolish ..no map. Litter up top and in lot. (When I left it looked like people literally left threw it everywhere under cars ) and litter on top also at the start of another trail. A few banana peels on trail too. Sad. Pre-covid I would have grabbed it all. But no gloves on my person today.

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Mark Morency
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HikingBugs

Parking at the trail head fills up fast-- we got the last spot just before 8am (though plenty of parking along the dirt road.) No porta-potties here. The trail was steep and short, with no good views. We intended to do the loop along with Zealand, but due to some boot / equipment issues (unrelated to the trail) we had to turn around and go back down the same way we came up. The trail was in good condition, just nothing much to see at the top. There are much better peaks out there, but if going for all 48 of the 4k, you'll have to do this one eventually. Would probably have been more enjoyable if it was just one part of the bigger loop.

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Christine Sullivan
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WalkingMuddyRocky

Perfect rainy day hike, as there is no view from the top anyway.

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Benjamin Goodman
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severely obstructed views so not a rewarding peak. Only redeeming feature were several pretty river crossings. Might be better as part of a larger loop (?)

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Calleigh Stone
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HikingMuddyRocky

The trail is narrow and does incline pretty early on. A few brooks to cross, nothing crazy. The trees cover a lot of the views and the summit is a big pile of rocks but a nice hike overall.

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Kaden Bailey
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This trail was surprisingly really fun! It took us a little over 2 hours and the top was somewhat peaceful and relaxing. We trail ran down because it isn’t rocky and it was super fun! Fun trip for a quick hike!

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Wes McEnany
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