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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.

This was a perfect hike for a half day. I knew it didn’t have any views but it was nice nonetheless. It was wet but. It slippery and coming down was okay. Much better than some of the other 48s where I am on my ass or climbing over some boulder. This was straightforward and peaceful. The trail needs some TLC but still nice. Great day.

Took the liberty of doing this trail today with rain in the forecast. Left the trailhead at 0900 with my daughter and son-in-law. We hit the predicted rain at about 1 mile but continued up the trail anyway. Though wet, the trail was not at all slippery and we hit the blustery summit in 1 hour and 20 minutes. It was raining and blowing good so we headed back down coming across several hiker using the bad weather as an excuse to climb Mt Hale. Again the trail was very wet but not slippery. The rain let up about a third of the way down and we dried out on the way to the parking lot. Round trip was 2:45. We probably went up a bit faster than normal due to the rain. The descriptions below pretty much sum up the views.

Beautiful day. And no, there are no views at the top but a few peeks on the way up. I took the Hale Brook trail which goes practically straight up the entire way. Very few switchbacks where the trail levels out. Others at the top took Twin mountsin trail which is longer but less steep. Hale Brook trail was rocky and rooty and not easy. It took me just over two hours to reach the top but I'm slow. Take your time.

Sentier rocailleux sur presque toute sa longueur, finale pas mal à pic. dommage qu'on ait aucune vue avant l'arrivée au sommet, il faut de la motivation car ce n'est pas avec les points de vue de la montée qu'on y trouve notre compte, mais la vue au sommet est incroyable. Attention à la descente, abrupte et surtout hasardeuse sur les pierres instables et parfois mouillées.

nice moderate hike. Really cool going up to the hut and the falls. otherwise, with the exception of the cliff, it's just a nondescript hike up to the wooded summit. about six hours round-trip incl a few stops.

walking
1 month ago

Trail was very overgrown so we didn’t even attempt. Might have been because the shooting range was closed but regardless we chose a different trail to walk the dogs.

Not a great hike. No views at the top. Perfect hike for a rainy day. Lots of others were there to bag a 4000-footer. The trail feels like a rocky straight shot to the top, but at least it's short. I'm a slow hiker and it took me 4 hours.

Very easy up to the hut but after that it was a bit difficult to the peak. No view at the peak so if you're looking for a pretty semi difficult hike i would try something else.

Went in the fall, so beautiful. Had soup up in the hut. Definitely recommend this hike!

Fun hike! Usually wooded summits aren’t particularly exciting but the trail itself is so beautiful that I didn’t mind hiking into the middle of the woods to turn around and go back. The huts are always a treat, too. My favorite part was the blueberry bushes on the top between Zeacliff and the summit.

Total trip including breaks took me 5 hours and 35 mins. The first 2.8 to the hut is very flat and took me 1 hour on the way up and 35 mins on the way back (I ran). The trail from the hut to the cliff (1.2) is the most difficult part of the hike and took me 1 hour up and 45 min down. It flattens out again to the summit and that 1.6 took me 1 hour there and 45 min back.

I was skeptical about the easy rating but this really was an easy hike.

Ascent to North twin is moderately steep and challenging cardio wise if going at a good pace. View at south twin makes hike worth it.

I would rate this moderate, not easy. I found Franconia loop easier

We entered the Pemigewasset loop by going up the twins. A fun hike and not terribly challenging but a steady up to North Twin summit via North Twin trail. We went when it was slightly drizzling so no views. But still very cool to be surrounded by all the fog. Galehead provided no views at the summit but did have an outlook only to be yet again blocked by fog. Definitely going to hike again, hopefully when the weather is clear :)

Hike starts off easy but long, once you get to the hut you are able to cool off in the falls. Pretty strenuous hike up to the outlook but has a nice view. I don’t recommend going to Zealand summit unless your completing the 48 4K mountains, it’s a long boring hike with absolutely no view.

hiking
1 month ago

First hike of the season, sadly we didn't get any views as we were in the clouds when we got to the summit. We tucked down in the old fire tower remains but it was very cold and no clarity in sight. Cut our losses and decided to try again at a later date. Very steep hike, doesn't ever feel like it is going to stop. I'm sure once I get the views it will feel worth it.

Easy hike to the hut with a lot of wildlife and flowers. The trail to the peak was a little harder with some cools view.

Very good hike. Past the hut is very rocky and not an easy hike you need poles. After the view at Zea Cliff you continue on Trailway trail to get to Zealand summit. It is confusing at the junction where Zealand trail heads to Ethan Lake so I did not make it to the summit but turned back.

Best part was seeing a moose!

Was expecting a very steep, rugged trail but it wasn’t nearly as steep or rugged as I anticipated. Pretty straight-shot climb. Short as far as 4000 footers go but still a nice hike. No views but the clearing and extremely large cairn at the summit gives the mountain its own character. Couple easy stream crossings of Hale Brook. Great day.

This is no hardcore New Hampshire hike, however if you are looking for a hike in the woods without blazing a trail, this is a hood option. It's flat and straight but there are no real mountain views.

great views at the tops. definitely not a day hike if your not physically prepared, so the guyot campsite is $10/night. this trail does loop around, although the fire wardens trail isn't much more than a footpath through the woods and there's no sign pointing it out. overall an amazing time

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.

Got a late start and turned around at the hut. We thought the portions of the river were nicer below and at the lower portion of the waterfall (just before the last section to the hut) were nicer for hanging out because of all the people near the hut / falls. My husband skipped the last and only steep rocky hull to the hut as it was our second hike of the day. Lovely trail.

This trail was awesome ! My wife and I had a great time ! Highly recommend!

I would not consider this an easy trail. Some parts are easy but others are very rocky. beautiful scenery and the falls are worth the hike. I didn't go any further than the falls.

Enjoyed this hike more than I thought I would! Pleasant little waterfalls, mostly mild grade with good footing. The summit offers no view, but it is very pleasant and peaceful!!

This was a nice hike, but would definitely rate it as moderate. Views were awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked the Thoreau falls Trail as part of a loop with the wilderness trail and Shoal Pond Trail. A notice at the Zealand parking lot said that the bridge was out at the intersection of Thoreau Falls and Wilderness. Luckily I found that crossing the water there was no problem at all, and I didn't even need to take my shoes off to get across. The trail is in good condition and was quite easy going for the most part, following the river for most of the way with some short, steep jaunts up and down the hill. Really beautiful hike with nice tree cover and easy water access (bring a filter, of course) for a hot day. I saw lots of moose scat, but only later in Shoal Pond did I actually see a beautiful cow moose.

The section of wilderness trail between Thoreau Falls Trail and Shoal Pond Trail was in good condition. Saw only two hikers once I got off the path to the AMC hut. Hiking North on Shoal Pond Trail was definitely the most difficult part of the loop, due to many downed trees in the trail and lots of mud and decomposing bog bridges. Still a great hike all around and the ~18.5 mile loop to/from Zealand lot took me (fit hiker with light backpack) 9.5 hours total.

I definitely underestimated how steep this was going to be, but it was a very pretty hike and I enjoyed the cairn at the top! Took me about 3 hours total, with time for lunch and pics. And like I said, I wasn't really prepared for what I was getting into, but overall I'm happy that I made this my first 4k! Oh, and DEFINITELY bring bugspray. Bugs were horrendous.

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