Surprised with the amount of snow/ice that remained in mid-May (5/23/20). The parking at the trailhead is closed, so you have to park about 1.5 miles before and walk and the dirt road. The first few miles are not very intense and include some great views. The Zealand Falls are incredible, which are near the Hut which was closed. There was some tough areas of crossing wide rapids that as a tall male were hard to get across. Unfortunately was un-able to complete the trail to the summit as a fairly experienced hiker. The snow/ice and sink holes in the snow made it extremely tiring physically and mentally without spikes and it never cleared. Made it to the Zeacliffs, which had incredible views. The pond after the cliffs is pretty underwhelming. Would recommend later in the summer once most of the ice clears!

Gorgeous awesome workout

This was a very good first start to our season of hitting the 4K is once again it was a great short hike but don’t be fooled by the aggressiveness of the accent from start to finish if you take the hail Brook Trail. I highly recommend this trail it was exciting just not many views and at the top there’s absolutely no view whatsoever but well worth the hike!

Zealand Rd still closed. 10.5 mile hike from the parking area to summit and back.

Tried to take the hike but road is closed and no place to put car and hike in 2 1/2 miles. Real bummer to drive all the way out there and not hike!!

Nice walk in the woods that can be extended by doing the entire loop.

Great trail. still icy the last 2/10 of the trail. the summit has one of the best view of Mt. Washington in the entire whole WMNF. THE ROAD IS STILL CLOSED . THIS ALMOST DOUBLES HIKE. LOST GPS FOR A BIT AND MESSED WITH MY RECORDING.

backpacking
blowdown
scramble
snow
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
1 month ago

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Well marked trail. Single blue blaze. If you are hiking in on Gale River Loop Road which you will have to do in winter, when the road forks, take the left hand path. You will cross a bridge and then trailhead is about 0.1 miles further on the right. Trail was well packed. Started with spikes but changed to snowshoes about 1/3 of the way in as the snow was a bit soft. It is a long but very gradual trail until the last 1/4 mile. Saw about 20 others on Saturday including two with skis and one guy on a bike.

hiking
3 months ago

Don’t let this hikes mileage discourage you, trail is easy going the whole way.

cross country skiing
blowdown
bridge out
off trail
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

Technical XC skiing with many washouts, drainage crossings, and decent hill climbs. My first time on XC skis so it was a little challenging for me but the two guys who were with me were intermediates and they had no problem. Temps were in the low 20s so there was little traffic after about 2 miles in and no traffic past 6 miles. We started from Lincoln trail head and didnt see signs for the thorough falls bridge being out and only heard from a parking-lot hero, and one passer, by giving us intel. However, the reports were conflicting and inconclusive. Although we had planned to do the whole 22 miles from Lincoln to Zealand, a hypoglycemic emergency and poor research led us to the decision to turn around about 6 miles in. We camped overnight in a small area about 400 meter from the trail, good tree fall, all soft wood. Running water was abundant and clean. Some areas past the 3 mile mark to the 5 mile mark were well washed out and bushwhacking through side trail overgrowth was necessary. Lesson learned: Do your research, start early.

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

skiing
snow
4 months ago

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