Zealand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff and Guyot Shelter

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White Mountain National Forest

Zealand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff and Guyot Shelter is a 7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bretton Woods, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.0 miElevation gain2,857 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Erik Muench
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Riley S
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BackpackingRocky

Beware this trail is definitely not 7 miles and more on the hard side. We counted probably 10 miles total. The trail is super easy until you get up to the Zealand Hut and head onto the Twinway is when things get hard. Getting up to the ridge was an amazing experience, during sunrise you appear to be above the clouds. Overall a great hike and camping experience but not anything we were expecting.

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Ronda Hamilton
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Jenny Rush
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Excellent and beautiful! Waterfall at thoureau falls. Gorgeous.

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Zachary Goddard
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Dana Michelle Allen
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Wow. I’m a 25 mile per day ultra light pack kind of girl. I am not use to wearing a 40lbs pack on these kind of trails. Hiked from Zealand falls-to Guyot shelter. Next day out to the bonds (5 mile round trip from guyot tent site) and then went back to pack up and walk the 7 miles back to the car at the Zealand Falls parking area. This overnight kicked my ass!! The climbs past the hut (which is open for water bathroom and snacks) is NOT for the first timers. I am pretty in shape, workout almost everyday but I was not prepared for this... the weight of the backpack is what did me in. I could never be a through-hiker! guyot tent site info: bring toilet paper the “privy” does not have any. They have bear containers for your food so you can forgo hauling a bear canister. The caretaker was no where to be found! Have fun out there!! Ps. Full cell service at Guyot tent site

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Heatha Marie
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CampingFeeMuddyOver grownRocky

(There’s a parking fee and ZERO service until Zeacliff 2 hours) Looking at a map this trail doesn’t look as steep as it actually was. Walking to the hut was beautiful with water on both sides and a bunch of bridges it was really stunning. Right before the hut the climb starts and I would describe it as a tits to knees climb. And that continues until you hit zeacliff which the sign just says “view” btw. Don’t skip it because the summit of Zealand which I walked right by is to the right of you a little ways past that in the middle of the woods. Guyot also was not marked but once you walk out of the woods and you’re on the ridge it literally took my breath away and I was also extremely relieved to stop climbing. The ridge on that side is so pretty I’m so used to the Mount Lafayette side of these mountains. It was freezing and windy so be prepared for that, it only took me about a half hour to get to the campsite from that point because I picked up the pace I was excited to get there before dark. Sunset and sunrise were amazing just from my platform. Though I did haul ass to the ridge for official sunrise... took about 4 hours in and 3 out.

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Michael Silvia
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Krypt Run
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HikingRockyScramble

This review is for part of this trail (from Zealand trailhead to Zeal Cliff view), then to a trail not marked here called Zealcliff trail - about 1.1 mile after passing the cliff view about 400 yards to Ethan-pond trail. The trail is steep at the beginning and toward the end but very tranquil. It cuts through the Pemicewasset Wilderness from West to east. Quite rewarding and breathtaking toward the end (after a steep climb UP).

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Kristen Thackeray
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Backpacking

Fun and beautiful. Don’t skip Zeacliff!

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Sammy A
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HikingBugsFeeFloodedGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

the best part of this trail is the first 3miles of river and waterfalls. you get great views and you approach the hut when you walk across bridges over the ponds. be careful to longer too long the bugs will be out especially in the warmer days. the first 2.8or so miles are fairly flat and only some roots n rocks. then you see the sign for the hut and it's a bit steep to the top but fairly short. get to see and listen to zealand falls. then... it gets rough as you start to head towards zeacliff. views are great from the little outlook and a good amount of a room for a few groups to hang for a snack with a view. then it is on to Twinway, but first you just cross the delicate moat at the cross hairs. if you haven't experienced this before, you are in for a treat. be slow and step cautiously, the water has gotten deeper and the boards will start to sink. from zeacliff to the hut you will have fun navigating through tons of mud patches, I was fortunate that most of it was fairly solid and easy to walk over without submerging. fortunately there are rocks, roots, and branches to step on to avoid. the pond was ok not worth it even for just .1 of a mile, very similar to the ponds you see as you get close to the hut. Zealand if you didn't already know is a wooded summit. not much to see but they have a cool sign and if the bugs aren't too bad a good shaded spit for a recoop and snack. my recording doesn't go to Guyot, after planning this I forgot (after trekking towards Guyot) that Guyot is on Bondcliff trail not Twinway. all trails does have this marked incorrectly. so I did waste about 2hrs and energy hiking over to what all trails labeled as Guyot. I did this peak 2yrs ago when doing the bonds so I didn't bother continuing to it's summit to save myself time. plus it looked really crowded. I got back to my car around 3:11pm the lot was very full. I started at 5:13am and it was mostly full then. a lot of people camping I assume.

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Tina Philbrick
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Brett Douglass
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steep is relative. really not bad compared to the rest of the Whites.

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Scott Burger
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Michael Holden
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Slightly above novice backpackers here. Strenuous due to distance and scrambling but a great adventure. Headed out at 730 am with a stop at Zealand Hut (good water spot) and arrived at Guyot Campsite by 200. Managed to get a spot on a tent platform but in retrospect the over flow sites are actually more secluded. The tent platforms are safe and very clean but you are literally touching other peoples tents. They have cold clean water from a spring and a cooking area. Keep in mind Guyot Campsite is literally just a place to crash for through hikers. It's on the east side of Bond/Guyot so theres minimal wind but also no view as its on a step slope with many trees. West Bond Spur is only 1/2 mile out from the campsite and offers great sunsets and is worth the hike out after you set camp. Actual distance from Zealand Road Trailhead to Guyot is not 7 miles it's more like 8.25. I mapped it both ways in and out and it is definitely not 7. Weather was awesome and caretaker at Guyot Campsite was friendly and helpful. Keep in mind the site is more of a place to hunker down and not a final destination. West Bond and Bondcliff are the places to see.

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Adriana Saldana
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Jordi Mullor Salinas
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Amanda Foster
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Eric Shalek
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