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HikingIcy

The weather was snowy, sleeting and rain at some point and minimal wind which made the day enjoyable. We were totally in overcast so opted not to do Zeacliffs. Spikes were needed a 1/4 mile after the hut heading up. The trail was very wet but enjoyable.

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Tony Aversano reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

I did this as a point to point a couple weeks ago (started at Gale River Trail and finished with North Twin Trail). I enjoyed this route a lot. The hike up to Galehead was gradual and a nice warm up. Heading up the Twinway to South Twin was a workout but short with some awesome views of Galehead and Garfield from the trail. North Twin Spur and North Twin Trail were snowy but very doable with spikes. It was a very clear day with lots of snow on the trails. Lots of great views and really fun sections. I agree with other reviewers about bushwacking to avoid a couple of the river crossings. That was part of the reason we chose to do a point to point starting at Gale River, so those crossings would be close to the end. I would definitely do this hike again!

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Kelsey MacDonald reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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only recorded the ascent. I definitely recommend spikes for after the second water crossing. fun hike! no views. had a visit from a Grey Jay at the top. some mud in the bottom half.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 27, 2020
HikingIcy

Great hike. Conditions were kind of miserable it drizzled lightly the whole time. Regardless of that it’s a nice flat hike through marshland then two ponds. When you’re at the second pond you can hear the roar of the waterfall from across the pond. Once you’re at the falls it’s an uphill climb from there. There are two interesting river crossings after the hut that are sketchy but doable just take your time and go when water is low. Needed microspikes after the river and stream crossings. Lots of sheer ice . Once you get to Zealcliff (vie song a clear day) the incline is done and is a wooded ridge walk to viewless Zealand. Don’t worry grey jays are there to welcome you waiting for a handout. Lol. I really liked this hike dispute being no views because of socked in. It has a lot of different things: ponds, marshland, rivers, waterfalls, hut and a mountain!

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Kate Harris reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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HikingIcy

Zealand Rd was open! Hike 11/21/20 Short and sweet hike. After so many long ones, this seemed like a tease. But a good one to test out winter and get more comfortable with cold weather hiking for this newbie. Parking lot was filled at 10:20am on Sat. Parked on the road. The climb was pretty consistent all the way up (up up.) Through the woods, along a stream for the first part. No tricky stream crossings. At the last third we put on our spikes as the icy was pretty slippery and more unavoidable. As most have said, the summit offered no views, just an open space with a pile of rocks. There was a glimpse of a view right before the summit. It was a gorgeous day, so a bummer to miss out on views. But the benefit was not having wind exposure. This probably wasn’t one I’d do again, but was still a fun 2 hours and 51 minutes! Lots of dogs which made me bummed I didn’t bring mine.

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Chase Bertrand reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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Nice walk through the woods

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Austin Becker reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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1 hours 45 minutes to finish, bushwhacked the switchbacks. Easy easy bag

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Doug Kohout reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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Emma Canducci reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Great first winter hike! After the second river crossing there’s a solid amount of ice underneath the 2-4 inches of snow, making spikes and poles a must! Both river crosses have stable rocks to go across, but ice is starting on there. With the warm weather this weekend, anticipate this being very wet and icy!

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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

Hiked this 11/15. Definitely agree with earlier reviewer - bushwack to avoid first two river crossings (temp was below freezing and non-apparent ice on rocks trying to navigate first crossing). There is actually a faint trail to follow along the river to do this. Third crossing is relatively easy if there is no ice. Do not recommend bushwacking to avoid second and third crossing (if you make the first). There are swampy areas and heavy growth. Due to late start, was only able to make it to South Twin. Views were nice at the top, but wind was very strong with snow squalls. Relatively easy traverse from North Twin to South Twin (over and back in about an hour).

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