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Zealand Summit via Zealand Trail and Appalachian Trail

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Pemigewasset Wilderness

Zealand Summit via Zealand Trail and Appalachian Trail is a 10.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 2,467 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

Note: The road leading to this trailhead may close for the winter, adding an extra 3.7 miles each way. For more information, please see https://trailsnh.com/reports/Forest-Roads-Gates.php Zealand Falls and the views that come with this ascent make the wooded summit of this mountain easy to swallow for Northeast Peakbaggers. Zealand mountain is located on the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. You will pass by a beautiful AMC hut and Zealand Falls on the way to the wooded summit. The falls are definitely worth a stop at on the way up. You will have some views of the Bond Range near the top through the trees.

There is a parking fee of $3 per day you can pay at the trailhead.

The shortest approach is from Zealand Road which extends south from Route 302 about 2 miles east of where 302 intersects route 3. Route 3 can be accessed from I-93.

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Reviews (285)
Photos (759)
Recordings (226)
Completed (624)
Dan Flynn
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Hiking

fun trail. nice look out about a mile from the peak. nothing going on at the peak. pretty wooded... cool waterfall. hut with water/food

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Lee Brock
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Best of the 4000 footers for sure.

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Lynette Cornell
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Erik Muench
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Jessica Bielkiewicz
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Viktor Hlas
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Yong Sheng Ng
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wayne sellar
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike cool weather no bugs very little mud what more can you ask for. Water falls, beaver ponds and a well maintained trail! The trail is more like 12 plus miles R/T.

Andrew Moraco
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Fantastic hike, one of my favorites in NH. Long flat stretch is flanked by the river to start, followed by gorgeous lakes with some well maintained wooden bridges. Zealand Falls, and the adjacent waterfalls are gorgeous. Hike to the top only has really one prolonged steep section, though well within the moderate rating, before you reach a stunning viewpoint and eventually towards the summit.

Samantha Albert
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Hiking

The first few miles of the trail are more like a nature path; minimal incline, ponds, streams, and bridges. You get some great views through here. Just before the hut (so beautiful!) you hit the incline. It is steady and moderate basically from here on out. On the way up be sure to check out the falls and Zeacliff! The summit isn’t full of views. However, the overall trail makes up for anything the summit lacks. Note: my recorded time is off due to it pausing part way.

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Jordan Lampert
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Julie Bolton
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Nice hike. First few miles have little to no incline.

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Sean Lyden
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Such a fun hike! Well maintained trail. Wet and fairly slippery on the way down. Falls are beautiful and the hut is pretty easy to get to. Things get pretty rocky from there. As everyone explains, there are great views on the way up but the actual Mt. Zealand summit is pretty anti-climactic. This is a great trail as it throws a lot of different obstacles at you. I would definitely say it’s more about the journey than the destination. My only gripe is with the mileage. Says 10.6mi but I clocked about 13.8mi. Even with the road being open all the way to the trail head. Be prepared for the unexpected extra mileage!

Cam Weeks
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HikingBugsFeeMuddy

Zealand Road is finally open! Pretty good hike. Would agree that this is moderate given the relatively gradual incline, no scrambles, and couple miles of relatively flat terrain. As expected, absolutely no view at the summit, however, the overlook prior to the peak (sign labeled as “view”) had amazing views of other peaks so definitely the place to hangout at. Bugs were pretty bad the entire time today (7/5). This hike took us about 5.5 hours, excluding time at the overlook.

Jordan Garrett
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Hiking

super long but relatively flat besides the climb to zeacliff from the hut! Road is open all the way to the end

Barbara Rosendahl
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Hiking

Road to trail repaired and open! Wonderful hike to Zealand!

B Meyer
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HikingBugsClosed

Beautiful hike up to the hut. The hut was closed though. The views from Zeacliff were great, the summit was anticlimactic. There was very little water to cross. In spots the bugs were intense but I didn’t find them horrible. Zealand Rd is closed. We biked in. Im so glad we did. The road to the trailhead is a pretty good incline. It was the best to ride downhill when we were off the trail!

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