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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 :)

Did this as a traverse in one day. Left once car at Lincoln woods and hiked south from the North Twin Trailhead. Added Galehead enroute. Although it was long (22 miles), it wasn't too difficult-last 7 miles were super easy. Highly recommend if you can get a second vehicle.

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.

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18 days 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.

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!

The toughest hike I’ve ever done. 20 mile hike that I completed in a day, I don’t really recommend. But the views were almost worth it. Bond cliff is really spectacular.

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2 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.

Definitely one of the prettier trails I've done! But I think something needs to be made crystal clear: The Zealand trail to the AMC hut is the easy part. In NO way is the Zeacliff trail beyond it to the summit of Mt Zealand considered easy. It's definitely a steep, rocky and moderate trail. My friend and I were one of the few people who tackled it without trekking poles and while I don't think they are necessary it's clear many others did.

The cliff has a lovely view and the day was utterly perfect! the trail was beautifully maintained but the number of bridges was a surprise. A really pretty hike on a trail that was not overly busy. Definitely recommend.

wouldn’t rate this trail as “easy” as it may be difficult for beginners. i’d call it “moderate” because there are some steep spots and the majority of the trail is at a nice incline. that being said - my pup had no problem with this trail at all! the views from the summit are just breathtaking. no wonder why it’s on the nh 52 with a view list! the perfect summit to sit, enjoy a lunch and explore! happy trails!

*trail is 1.3 miles each way - 2.6 total!*

No way it's rated easy! past the hut is on the difficult side of moderate. nice view from the cliff and the hut, small pile of rocks and a sign on the summit.

I enjoyed this hike very much especially the brook!

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3 months ago

Beware that this hike can be awful in the spring season, when snow and ice are still on the ground. Sketchy river crossings and icy/slippery cliff sections made for a difficult hike. Trail was mashed potatoes in some sections. Some decent views along the trail, but I would suggest that less advanced hikers hike this trail in summer.

*The gate was closed, so we had to hike 5 extra miles (ie 9.6 miles roundtrip).

I didn’t really care for this hike but it might be because of the trail conditions yesterday. I thought it would be a quick and easy hike but the snow made it difficult in some parts. I used microspikes the entire time but snow shoes would have helped in spots. I am one of those people who kept post holing

Its an ok hike, nothing to amazing and not a great view at the summit, but overall not to bad!

There’re are few views to beat the one from the summit.

If you like rivers this is a nice trail.

Good rainy day hike. Not the most exciting 4k but a 4k nonetheless. Id save this one for a cloudy or rainy day hike or maybe your 1st 4k.

Great cold hike, definitely not as cold as it could have been but there were some extraordinarily windy spots. The trail was VERY Wet and saturated with water throughout the entire hike. There were a few rainy days beforehand that probably didn't make it better.

One thing I noticed no one really mentions is how many bridges there are, I counted over 90 from the beginning of the trail to the summit of Zealand. Most are after the hut. Nothing wrong with the amount of bridges but based on the other peaks I have hiked it was the most I had ever seen. The bridges around the Zeacliff outlook are loose and SINK when you step on them. There are parts of mud that are pretty much unavoidable, jumping with a heavy pack is pretty exhausting lol.

We actually started before sunrise so we had to use our headlamps for the first 40 minutes or so which was pretty cool. The bridges around the pond area were a bit icy but nothing crazy. We did experience a moose on the trail, luckily it looked like we spooked him more than he did us and we saw him run off into the marshy area.

The trail was a bit busy especially on our way back. Overall a fun hike, obviously with how wet the trail is it is very slippery especially the logs. No bug issues thanks to the temperature, I would imagine it would be pretty miserable during summer with how much water is around. Beautiful trail, definitely would fall hike this again maybe even early spring when the snow has begun to melt.

side note we did get chased down the mountain for a little bit by a bird, definitely a 1st and hopefully the last

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