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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.

Did this with my wife and niece, as we wanted to try a 4k (we're flatlanders from CT). All the reviews made it sound pretty doable, nothing too challenging. I think that's definitely a matter of perspective and fitness level. We started at 11am and made it about a .5 mile from the summit around 4:00pm. My niece went on and summitted while we stayed back. She said the last push was definitely long and hard, though the view was outstanding. She got back down to us around 5:30pm. It took us another 3 hours to get down. I think if you're used to hiking mountains, it probably is fine for most people. I'm 34 and hike pretty often in CT, there's just not much near us to compare for elevation gain. So if you have experience hiking mountains, it's probably moderate. If not, we'd call it strenuous. Total time for us was 9.5 hours.

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.

Hiked this as #23 of my 4000's. Great hike- steeper sections have enough switchbacks to make for an easy ascent. Today was completely socked in at the summit, with visibility less than 30 feet. Summit area is great- small (the old tower foundation takes up most of the top rock), with plenty of places around the whole cone to sit and have lunch. This is a very moderate climb, easy on the legs. There is one small section just before the summit that might be classed as strenuous, but it's short and easily negotiated.

Loved this trail. Moderate and then steep briefly towards the end. The view was beautiful. Made it worth it!!!

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.

First part of Gale River Trail is easy. Gets steeper and steeper— with the last mile a tough, rocky climb. Then .6 not quite so steep climb to Gale Head Hut and 0.8 very steep rocky climb to South Twin. That 0.8 miles took us an hour on a hot day with packs. Not easy! Beautiful 360 view from South Twin. I recommend staying at the hut. Up and back in a day would be tough.

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

Excellent trail. Most of the trail is very gradual incline and even when it does get steeper it isn't crazy. Hiked in at 3:30 am.

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!!

Good hike that is for the most part very gradual until the last bit but the views from the summit are amazing. Would definitely hike again.

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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Did it, not enjoyable in the least. I found it very hard on the knees coming back down.

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.

excellent challenging hike. stayed the night at galehead hut before returning down the gale river trail

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!*

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1 month ago

This was our first 4K footer of the year. Great warmup for the season as it stretches the legs a bit and gives you a taste of what’s to come. There are only two water crossings which are really easy to clear, parts of the trail can be pretty wet so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather leading up to your hike. Not much worth noting on the way up which can be a blessing as it forces you to push onto the summit where the views are great. All in all a good hike and a good metric to judge your fitness.

great hike...views at the top of Middle or North Sugarloaf were spectacular.

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!

Does this trail actually connect into a loop? According to the topo there is no trail leading down the west side of Hale Mountain.

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2 months ago

Okay - first, the views from the summit are absolutely spectacular! However, I learned a thing or two or twenty about hiking a 4000 footer in the spring - and my net is, don’t! Or at least not this one. The hike was 99% tedious and 1% fun. But the view is great! The gate was still closed to the access road, (which adds a little over a mile to the hike each way), probably to discourage people from hiking it right now! The trail starts off pretty nondescript - gentle climb through woodlands, dry footing, normal roots and rocks and stuff. Then the trail got wetter and muddier and rockier. Then you come to a confluence of perhaps every stream in the Whites and you have to find your way across this spider web of water. Doable. Would’ve been a wade for sure a couple of weeks ago! From here on, with tiny breaks of dry land, the trail is basically a muddy rocky stream bed. You can get around some of it, but it’s a pain. Then you hit the snow. Kind of spotty at first, then full on deep, with a narrow packed ridge to walk on like a balance beam, and deep post hole stuff dropping off on either side. Not too much ice. I had nano spikes which gripped just fine. Snowshoes probably would have been the best because you wouldn’t have had to worry so much about staying on the narrow packed ridge. Gaiters would have been a plus too for the few times you do sink in. Windy at the top but lots of places to sit behind granite “walls” to block the wind and enjoy the sunshine! Did this hike with my dog. I will stick to smaller hikes until the snow melts and things dry out a bit:)

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