North and South Twin Mountain, Mount Guyot, Mount Zealand and Mount Hale

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White Mountain National Forest

North and South Twin Mountain, Mount Guyot, Mount Zealand and Mount Hale is a 16.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length16.5 miElevation gain5,295 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyBackpackingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingrunningLakeViews
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Walt Hilger
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Snowshoeing

Lots of snow. The light fluffy kind. Broke trail up to Hale. Lots of work but a beautiful day.

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Suzanne Perry FTFC
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Hiking

Great day to hit the old fire wardens route to Hale

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Alison Stevens
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HikingGreat!

We did this last week in one day, 10.5hrs. The drought made the water river crossings very doable by rock-hopping. Saw lots of folks who had spent the night. Steady climb up North Twin, then quickly over to South Twin. We stopped at Zeacliff Pond for lunch and were disappointed to see people had left trash (napkins, poop/poop-covered tp, wrappers) around the pond. Zeacliff Overlook was gorgeous and definitely worth the extra .2 or so miles. Stopped for water at Zealand Falls Hut and then an easy up and down over Mt Hale (which is a pile of rocks). Downhill from Hale on the Fire Warden’s Trail (not on AMC maps but easy to find and follow) was wooded and relatively easy on the knees.

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Alora Bergethon
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Backpacking

A spectacular loop hike taking you though some beautiful classic white mountain terrain. Spent the night at Zeacliff pond and was greeted with a spectacular sunset.

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Eric Cunningham
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Luke B
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HikingOver grown

The Fire Warden's Loop (CCW Guyot to Zealand to Hale) Beautiful Pemi Views for the first ~5 miles on the way to Zealand Hut, and the back half push to Hale and back to Haystack Road has some lush wilderness sections (and interestingly for the WMNF a few small switchbacks).

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Luke B
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The Fire Warden's Loop (CCW, North and South Twin to Guyot Shelter) Most of the elevation gain is at the beginning of this hike - it makes for some really relaxing miles on the back of tagging North Twin Mountain, on the way to South Twin. Off the loop 0.8 miles to camp at Guyot Shelter ($10/person) for the night (The shelter has 3 bear-proof boxes, a privy, and a stream for refilling/filtering water)

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Aldo Sainez
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Una larga caminata, con increíbles vistas.

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Kelly Phillips
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Hiking

A few big water crossings, even one I needed to take my shoes off for. Pretty rugged wilderness trail but all in all I thought it was really enjoyable. North view is good and south view is great. I did the twins and skipped the slog to Galehead because I’d rather more time on South to enjoy the view. Pretty empty for a Monday so I mostly saw backpackers ending their traverses.

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Andrea Rogers
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A very pleasant trail. The lower section follows the Little River, which is deafening! It is as big as the Swift River and its clear light mineral green water roars over huge boulders. We did not attempt the first 2 crossings but even the upper crossing is fairly challenging; we waded back and forth ferrying our packs, boots and dog. The upper part is very steady, getting gradually steeper but never really steep. All through spruce-for forest. Beautiful views east to the Presidentials from the first overlook and over Galehead, Galehead hut, Garfield and the Franconias from the west outlook. The trail from N to S Twin has a few scrambles on the way down, but the section up to S Twin is the gentlest climb to a four thousand footer that I know. Lots of muddy bits, but also lots of bunchberry dogwood in bloom. From South Twin most of the Pemi is laid out before you, from the Wiley range to the Bonds, Zealand, Owl Cliff and finally the Franconias, all very green and sculpted.

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Katie Knaeble
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Hiking

Fun loop with Hale, Zealand, and the Twins. Added Guyot for some lunch break views which made it 17.3 miles total.

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Jillian Atwood
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Beautiful hike! Muddy in many areas but nothing crazy. The views were incredible from Guyot— as well as from Zeacliff and South Twin. Hale was nothing exciting; very steep and would not do again.

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XJRD22944 User
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HikingBlowdownMuddyScramble
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Excellent hike; the way up to North Twin is tough. Quite steep and a few scrambles. South Twin was a not bad from there. I slept at the Guyot Shelter off of the bondcliff trail which added another .5 miles. The Appalachian Trail section was a cake walk. Very Mild. The last push to Hale was strenuous. Beware the Fire Wardens Trail was abandoned by the AMC in the 70's. There's no trail markers and it's the trail to the left after summiting Hale from Lend a Hand Trail. It's overgrown with a good number of fallen trees but people still use it and it's fairly navigable.

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Jason Crane
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I hiked North & South Twin via North Twin Trail on a crystal clear Fall afternoon in October 2018. There are a couple of river crossings that were tricky & could potentially be dangerous after heavy rains or in the late Spring. North Twin has 2 summit outlooks with views towards to north & west. South Twin is slightly taller & offers panoramic views from the summit. My total climb time was 6 hours. I did not incorporate Guyot or Zealand into this day, so it was just an out-and-back hike.

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Elie Elkhoury
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Wil L
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Bashir Daou
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Jason Crane
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Daniel Winklehner
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