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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 11.5 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 11.5 mi Elevation gain 2,467 ft Route type Out & Back
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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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Dave NH
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Suzanne Perry FTFC
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Awesome day getting back up to Zealand. Super warm for November, a gift!

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David Ross
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Andrew Azorian
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Christy Ellingsworth
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Zealand was my 20th 4K footer and my favorite so far! It's a long hike but not overly difficult. The first part of the hike (2.5 miles) is flat and beautiful, an easy stroll through forest and moose ponds. Once you reach the falls and hut you begin a steady, fairly steep ascent to the Zeacliff outlook. This is the hardest section, but only requires mild rock scrambling at times. Lots of boulders and stairs, very well maintained and absolutely magical in the snow. Once you reach Zeacliff, you make your way to the summit, crossing the forest ridge. This was the longest part of the hike and at times felt endless, with several false summits. The actual summit is wooded (no view) but there is a wonderful Zealand sign. Be sure to wear layers and bring micro spikes! It snowed on Saturday and when we hiked yesterday (Sunday) the entire trail was very wet and totally snow covered at the top. Dress in layers, bring a hat, and gloves! We hadn't anticipated such a full-on taste of wet winter hiking, but with our warm waterproof clothes, boots, and spikes we were absolutely fine. End note: I hiked this with my (very experienced hiker) husband and our 17 year old daughter (this was #18 for her) We moved at a steady pace, took several breaks, and finished in 6 hours. I used Strava to record the hike and it stated 14.14 miles. My iPhone health app said 12.5 miles. Either way, longer than the AllTrails estimate. Just an FYI!

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Suzanne Burke
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nor super hard but very long

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Mike Porter
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Sheila Cronin
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Leslie Allen
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Joel Orcutt
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Went up today. Foliage still going, well a bit passed peak, and it was chilly. This trail has it all, nice forest paths, ponds, waterfalls and views along the way. No views at the top but that didn’t detract from the hike one bit. In fact, it was nice to have some shelter from the wind today. Snow covered many of the higher peaks last night but spared Zealand. Trail up was a bit wet and the further up we went the more ice we encountered.

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Judy Payne
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Wonderful trail. Ice above hut to summit; off and on: avoidable with care. My recording showed 11.1 miles not 10.6.

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Tasha Blakeslee
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Beautiful all the way up and down! Starting to get a bit icy at the top with some light snow

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Jake Baynes
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With Mike!

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Amanda Barrette
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SeanPaul Jones
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April May
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Beautiful trail with many features: brooks, ponds, waterfall, mountain views. The trail starts out rocky with lots of exposed roots, but then flattens out until you reach the ascent to the hut. (We only went as far as the hut... still sore from the Franconia Ridge loop.) There are several water crossings, so be prepared for some adventure! Between the crossings, ponds, and beaver activity in the area, you can expect at least some of the trail to be flooded or muddy. In addition, when we went in early Oct, there were already leaves covering the ground, which made it extra slick after a night of rain. Hiking poles would be helpful, but not necessary. There are 3 levels to the waterfall, so be sure to go all the way up to the hut to see the whole thing!

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seejaylaugh User
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James Greene
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drought has made trail dusty, but views are great.

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Erica Lynn
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Autumn Daggett
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Beautiful foliage, waterfalls, mountains, and animals. Hardest section is the mile after you reach the hut. Make sure you check out the view at around 4 miles, it is probably my favorite view of the presidentials!

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R Wilson
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Beautiful trail. Arrived at 7:15 am, plenty of parking. Have your $5 ready. First two miles are flat going past ponds and over board walks. Very pretty. Short steep section below the hut. Check out the falls and a nice place to have a snack. Friendly hut croo. Steepest section is above the hut up to a truly fantastic view point just off the main trail. Views reach from Mount Washington all the way to the Franconia ridge, taking in the Pemi wilderness. Big views of Carrigain and the Hancocks. The twin way is mostly level walking, except for a few steep sections and a short ladder. The summit is a peakbag.

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David Lebeau
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Jake Jacob
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9/18...hiked the Zealand Trail to the hut,,,then Twinway to Zealand Cliff and the overlook. Total miles about 7.2. So this hike and review is not the same as the AllTrails header. Outstanding hike trail and perfect out n back after 3-4 hiking days prior to Zealand. We parked at the lot and paid the fee, even though we were camping in the Whites. 10:15 start, back to the Jeep 2:45. We took our time, including swim and nap on the descent. Sunny spectacular day. The trail to the hut is uniquely different then a lot of trails, 2 miles of flat walk in the woods along the Zealand River, beaver dams, ponds and cool birch coniferous forests. The last .2 to the Hut was steep and felt good after the first 2 miles. The Hut was open for day use only. We moved on to the Twinway, to Zeacliff. This was a hard .8 miles. Steep trail but very solid with Rick boulders and tree roots helping as steps. The overlook at the Z Cliff was v nice, views northeast across the Presidentials, 180 degrees to Carrigan, and even farther SW to Bond. Saw a flock of Broadwing Hawks, migrating. Peregrine Falcon, ravens...and a Whte-throated sparrow looking for handouts / lunch nearby. The descent is steep but again, assisted by the good trail conditions and rock boulders. I sometimes use Hiking poles but not necessary for this out n back. Go for it.

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Chris Debiak
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Loved it. The views are spectacular and the trails are perfect. Will definitely be a favorite of mine for the Northeast.

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Andrew Meservey
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Larry Martone
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Carl Sanuth
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Steven Desrochers
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