North Twin, South Twin, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, Zealand, and Hale Loop

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White Mountain National Forest

North Twin, South Twin, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, Zealand, and Hale Loop is a 21.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length21.7 miElevation gain7,132 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingViews
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Start on North Twin Trail, ascend North Twin, South Twin, and Guyot. Set up camp at the Guyot campsite and ascend West Bond, Mt. Bond, and Bondcliff, then hike back to the campsite. In the morning hike back to Guyot instead of heading back down the path with the Twins, ascend Zealand then Mt. Hale. At the top of Mt. Hale take the abandoned fire wardens trail back to North Twin Trail and walk back to the trailhead.

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Jenny Humphries
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BackpackingGreat!

We did this loop clockwise using the Fire Warden Trail. I highly recommend doing it this way, beautiful hike up to Hale! First night we stayed just below Zealand Hut. Next day we pushed up and to Guyot Campsite. This was a good hard day, a lot of elevation and it wasn’t easy terrain. Guyot still had water flowing and that was on 9/23. The next morning we woke early stashed our packs and hit west bond, mount bond and bondcliff. Super windy but doable. We then ate lunch at the trail junction above guyot campsite and then pushed to south and north twin. I loved the ridge line through the twins, nothing intense and it was a beautiful hike. That was our longest days clocking around 10 miles. We did a stealth camp that evening and then hiked out in the morning. It was gorgeous overall and nothing overly strenuous in my opinion. Also, if your looking to knock of peaks for your 48 this is a lovely way to do that. A highlight was also summiting Mount Guyot, gorgeous!

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Timothy Donoghue
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Started on Twinway at about 6:15, the twins were pretty difficult. Got to guyot around 11 had lunch, filled my water then grabbed the bonds. Got back at about 3 and setup camp. Head to Bond for the sunset. Woke up and headed towards zealand at 8. Zealand to Hale was a little bit more difficult then I anticipated, big elevation drop and then an elevation gain. After that it was smooth sailing. Overall it was beautiful day on the trail and met a lot of nice folks at guyot and the caretaker had some great tips.Bondcliff was the highlight and the view of bondcliff from west bond was really cool.

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Matthew DiBello
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Nick Biuso
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Doug Werry
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

Incredible hike, but also pretty brutal. Took us about 12 hours in the counterclockwise direction with minimal breaks. Like others have said, the stretch from Zealand to Hale is far from flat, and takes some serious effort. We were a little worried about finding the Fire Warden Trail on top of Hale, but it's pretty visible. It's an easy walk down, but we did end up getting a little mixed up about where to go once we hit the river. Ended up just heading to the right and reconnected with the trail again.

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Olivia Marie
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What a day. Took us 14 hrs including many snack breaks, started at 4am finished right before 6pm. Gorgeous views from the Twins, Guyot and the Bonds. Some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. Zealand and Hale are quite underwhelming after seeing those magnificent views all morning. Don’t underestimate the portion from Guyot to Zealand and then to Hale, it was a lot of up and down, tough after a long day of hiking. Make sure to fill up water at the Guyot campsite. River crossing at the start of Twinway was deep but otherwise all river crossings were manageable. Not an easy journey but a good way to hit 7 4Ks in a day!

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Sean Packard
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

What a trail. By my gps it’s closer to 24 miles. It was a really tough day, we started around 7am. The Twins are beautiful and I think Bond Cliff is my favorite mountain in NH. The way back on zealand and hale has no views and lots of bugs but it’s a great way to summit 2 more 4000ft peaks. Coming back via hale is easier than the Twins I think.

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Emily M
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6/16/20- saw only about 15 others. This was a long day hike for me, and I started around 6 am and finished around 530 pm. Only a few small snow piles remain. Great views from the bonds and the twins. Water is available at Guyot campsite. I would recommend all of the view trails! The trail heading down from Hale to the North Twin trail was horribly buggy and spider web filled. Every 100 ft I'd get another full web (sometimes with spider!) in my face.

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Jason Parkhurst
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So I did about 3/4 of this after getting a late start and erring on the side of caution towards the end of the day. I went over north and south twin and down to west bond - then back up over the twins. A little annoyed with myself for not hitting bond as I didn’t realize just how close I was - I thought it was further than it now looks on the maps. Even still - probably hit bond from the kangamanus side sometime. Gorgeous views at west bond and the alpine zone around Gouyot. I left at 9 am and we got back at 7 pm. Well worth the hike but I am sore.

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Gian Fabbri
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Incredible loop, and as mentioned below, a peak baggers dream with just over three miles per 4000 footer. We took two days on this route, and clocked it in at 24.4 miles and 8500 ft climbing, including one extra visit to the Guyot tent site to tank up on water. The key decision here is whether to go clockwise or counterclockwise. We chose clockwise due to the steamy, cloudy weather on our first day, and have no regrets. Hale and Zealand's views are pretty weak, but the trail itself is an interesting mix and really enjoyable, and Zeacliff and Guyot provide gorgeous views for the clockwise option. The alternative is a steep and challenging hike up to North Twin, with nice views from the lookout point and from South Twin and Guyot. As for the balance of the peaks, if you are considering this loop, you know their reputation. Just gorgeous above-treeline hiking down to the Bonds and back. A really amazing loop all in!

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A.J. Fabbri
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perhaps the most efficient way to summit a large amount of 4000 footers (7). whoever made this loop is a genius as the trail going up mount Hale isn't on most maps but it does exist.

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A.J. Fabbri
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m m
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23mi 9h52m. unsure I'd recommend the deathmarch day trip to others! but doable. ascent up twins toughest part, plus return to bond from bondcliff. view of Whitewall and Zealand falls best part of later section. lend a hand thankfully mellow. warden's trail easy to follow, possible large bear in area.

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Kyle Nadeau
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great views at the tops. definitely not a day hike if your not physically prepared, so the guyot campsite is $10/night. this trail does loop around, although the fire wardens trail isn't much more than a footpath through the woods and there's no sign pointing it out. overall an amazing time

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Steven Sabo
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Does this trail actually connect into a loop? According to the topo there is no trail leading down the west side of Hale Mountain.

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E Mac
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First to Review

Cool trail with some great views. Many opportunities to hit the streams if your day is warm enough. Trails is well maintained . Not a lot of folks on the trail for a dry weekend.

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Jack Matthews
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Jerry OBrien
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