Best backpacking trails in Bethlehem, New Hampshire

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Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Bethlehem with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of backpacking trails in Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Top trails (14)
#1 - Zealand Summit via Zealand Trail and Appalachian Trail
Pemigewasset Wilderness
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
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.Show more
#2 - North Twin, South Twin, and Galehead Mountain
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 12.6 mi • Est. 8 h 5 m
#3 - Mount Hale and Mount Zealand Loop via Hale Brook to Zealand Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 8 h 2 m
Note: Zealand Road is open all the way now. https://trailsnh.com/reports/Forest-Roads-Gates.php?road=zealand-road This Trailhead is located at the southern terminus of Zealand Road. [Zealand Road remains unplowed in winter.] A long, but fun journey that allows you to bag two NH 4000 footers. The climb up the Hale Brook Trail is very short but steep. Descend Mount Hale via the Lend-A-Hand Trail and feel like you are in nature's isolation. The Zealand Falls Hut is located at the junction of the Twinway Trail/AT so you can refill and refuel on the way up or down from Mount Zealand. Follow the AT up to Zealand's summit, and make sure to take the Zeacliff Pond Spur Trail or one of two incredible viewing areas to make up for Zealand and Hale's wooded summits. The Zealand Trail on the way down is quite easy and flat. This trail can easily be done as a loop with one car as long as you don't mind a short extra walk along Zealand Road.Show more
#4 - North and South Twin Mountain, Mount Guyot, Mount Zealand and Mount Hale
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 16.5 mi • Est. 10 h 14 m
#5 - North Twin and South Twin via Gale River Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 8 h 52 m
Please note that as of June 2020 the AMC huts are still closed and you will not be able to get water there. Show more
#6 - Mount Galehead and Mount Garfield Trail
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 8 h 45 m
This long loop hike will bag you two more 4,000 foot peaks in the New Hampshire White Mountains. This is a long loop hike that brings you to a very cool AMC hut nestled between peaks. Mount Garfield has the best views over the Pemigewasset wilderness to the Franconia Ridge peaks and the Bond Range. Show more
#7 - North Twin, South Twin, Guyot, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, Zealand, and Hale Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 21.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
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.Show more
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 10 h 35 m
#9 - Zealand Trail to Bondcliff Trail
Pemigewasset Wilderness
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Length: 26.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: Zealand Road is closed 1 mile from 302 after Sugarloaf Trailhead due to storm damage. For more information, please see https://trailsnh.com/reports/Forest-Roads-Gates.php#:~:text=Zealand%20Road%20is%20closed%201,Trailhead%20due%20to%20storm%20damage.&text=NHDOT%20posted%20today%20that%20Bear%20Notch%20road%20is%20open%20for%20the%20season.&text=In%20accordance%2C%20the%20USDA%20Forest,least%20through%20June%201%2C%202020.Show more
#10 - Garfield to Galehead to South and North Twin Mountains Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 17.1 mi • Est. 10 h 44 m
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