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A 15 mile hike with 5500 vertical is easy?? On what planet?

Just attempted Hale and Zealand. The weather couldn’t of been better with temps above freezing and no wind. Note, Zealand road is closed so you will need to add 2.5 miles to get to the trailhead.

Hale was a great climb (albeit with some significant melt underway). The trail itself was well broken in but with the warm temps, a bit like hiking in 4 inches of sand.

Was hoping to tackle Zealand but found that the final mile and a half of trail to get there was completely unbroken. I tried to break it myself but with only microspikes, I was routinely sinking in to thigh or hip level. I had to abandon after about a quarter mile.

hiking
20 days ago

It's hard to judge these trails this year. The amount of snowfall affects all aspects of the hike. For me the trail was mostly packed. Its a gradual ascent from the base to the last half mile. The last mile to the summit hadn't been attempted since the last snowfall. So it began with 4 inches of loose snow on packed base. Then became deep snow (couldn't tell trail from not)... Snowshoes went on about point 7 miles from the summit. The summit was very cold with temps in the negative double digits. The view of the Franconia ridge was epic. I really enjoyed my hike up Garfield. I would definitely recommend it any time of year.

Hard but worth it every step of the , MT. Washington , MT Zealand are all worth it the view is incredible

hiking
25 days ago

This is more advice than a review. Some video clips from my hike are linked here https://youtu.be/7kwPMPY_dXc

The access road was closed and there was a no parking sign at the gate. Parking on route 3 is probably your best bet although they didn't ticket or tow me for parking to the left of the gate.

The trail starts 1.6 miles from the gate ... some kids I ran into swore it they added some distance to the road on the way back :)

The trail isn't all that well marked, or the blazes may have been covered in snow I'm not entirely sure which. I ended up following bad advice and crossed the river at about 1.5 miles in from the trailhead (you can see this on the gpx recording I uploaded) ..this was unnecessary and a bit of a challenge due to the snow and unstable ice) It also caused me so take "the old trail" which was somewhat of a bushwhack for about 1 mile. Then another river crossing to reconnect to the trail.

There is a blue blaze that you have to make a right turn at to stay on "the new trail" ... this was impossible to know given the conditions. I recommend checking your location on a GPS at this point if you have one. DON'T cross the river.

From here the hike is a gradual ascent. Even in heavy snow it wasn't too challenging until about 1 mile from the hut. In the deep deep snow it became a real challenge even in snow shoes. From the hut you have about half a mile to the summit. The snow was so deep it basically was just a wall to the summit. Dig the tip of the snowshoe into the snow, hope it would grab, step up, repeat. it was a long half a mile. In summer conditions it would be a breeze.

Overall the hike is easy (most of the year) the best view is at the hut and overlook just before the summit. The summit is marked by a cairn in the trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice winter hike with some sneak peaks of the rock pile.
There was about 6 inches of snow on the peak and a little ice on the upper 500 feet of the trail.

on Mount Garfield Trail

1 month ago

Started in the parking lot with beautiful fall foliage and peaked at the top in 6 inches of snow! Gorgeous but I recommend bringing spikes and poles. Round trip in 5 1/2 hours. Gate still open.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike even without being able to see any views at the top due to weather. I thought this trail was a steady climb from almost beginning to end. Not hard but a constant climb. I’ll definitely do this one again with my dogs

Sweet little hike

Sweet little hike

Nice hike with amazing 360 views at the top!

Really enjoyed this hike! Starts out tame, after about 3 river crossings it starts to get steeper. A few scrambles near the summit. Nice clear day gives beautiful views of mount Washington and Crawford’s notch. We set out from our cabin door to get to north twin, round trip 12 miles or so.

Great hike. Beautiful trek up through woods. A little stream crossing at the start but nothing too bad. The summit was very cold and windy when I went in mid October but was worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I found this hike much tougher than I was expecting having read the reviews prior to the hike. The climb is steady and unrelenting the whole way, and of course, the last section is very steep. I recommend it, but it’s not easy.

Fantastic view for very little effort!

Hello twins. ;)

first two miles flat and good footing. next mile is lots of stepping stones and really muddy with gradual incline. next 1.7 miles are steeper with wet conditions.

hiking
2 months ago

Steady climb. Not super hard but some scrambling.

Super easy trail up to Zealand Falls Hut. Along this first 2.8 miles you travel gentle grades as it follows an old rail road bed. Upon entering the beaver pond area wildlife is abundant and the landscape is draped it beautiful autumn colors! The next 1.3 miles to Zeacliff is much steeper with many large boulders to work around. There is even a ladder to scale your way up a very steep almost vertical granite wall. The view from Zeacliff is amazing. From here you can see Mt. Washington in the distance with the distinct round hump of Mt. Eisenhower in the foreground. Mt. Carrigain towers into the sky and if you use binoculars you can even see the firetower on the summit. You also get a view of the rugged cliffs of Whitewall Mountain with Ethan Pond just beyond. As I continued on, bog bridges helped keep things dry as I passed through the col between Zeacliff and onward and upward to the summit of Zealand Mountain 1.6 miles from Zeacliff. Although the summit is treed in it is still a great trip, and a cool summit sign! I read where others described the trip from the cliff to the summit as boring or nondescript, I did not find this to be the case. On this final leg of the ascent there is yet another marked view point and you can take a side trip to the shores of Zealand Pond. There are also much rare plant growth and wildlife along the way. Overall a great day out and another 4K conquered!!! Took me 6 hours total with approx. 1-1/2 hours of breaks & exploration.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike. I was surprised by how easy it was even though the trail was wet and muddy. The views are spectacular and wide ranging across both summits.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year old.

There are some steep spots but it's manageable for smaller kids. Middle has better views and the peak is expansive with lots of ridges but is noticeably more difficult than North. North is much easier but the views are not as good. That being said I would do both of them again but preferred Middle.

It’s was a nice trail but I would definitely not rate it as moderate. It is without a doubt a difficult trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

We hiked w our four kids ages 11 to 2. It took us three hours round-trip with many stops in between. Large fun rocks along the way for kids to climb on and a good view at the top. Highly recommend. We climb with a toddler on our backs.

Out and back in about 2 hrs and 45 min. Keeps a steady stair-like incline. No view at the top, but it’s a straight-forward path and the quickest 4,000 ft white hike I’ve found. Perfect for a rainy day, or in my case a beautiful day with a really late start. Started at 3:30PM and finished 3 minutes before sunset at 6:15PM. A bit slippery from a couple small creek crossings, especially on the downhill, so finish it before dark!

Did this trail yesterday. Fall colors are terrific. Stopped at Bond cliff as we had to do it as an out and back in a day. It may seem long but there are long sections that are very flat (heading in toward Zealand hut and back out) West Bond was my favorite view point. Not a lot of folks on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good workout even though it’s fairly short. We only had a few hours so chose this and it was worth it! Went up to North Peak only. Took a total of about 2 hours to go up and back. Beautiful fall views at the top with the multi-colored trees. Wish we had more time to check out Middle Peak. But read the review about seeing the marker on the rock. If you head to the right of the boulder and down the path, it leads to a huge open area atop boulders. Very nice view!

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful and fun hike, would do this one again. favorites

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was incredible. Thought it was easy-moderate compared to some other comparable hikes I’ve been on. Parking was great. The trail was well maintained and well marked. Mostly roots and ground rather rock. This would be a doable winter trek with spikes or yax. The views were stunning at the top. We hiked this on a perfect September day. The sky was clear and we could see the top of Mount Washington clearer than I’ve ever seen before. I could have stayed up the top of this mountain all day. The running brook at the bottom was a bonus.

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.

Super fun and my Australian cattle dog had a lot of fun too. Pretty steep after you go past the hut but it’s well worth the view.

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