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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.

18 hours ago

Great hike with our 3 boys. Well maintained trail. Wonderful views at top!

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

Difficult climb because of the size of the rocks on the trail (boulders). The rain made it slippery as well. Only a few view points on the trail but the Gale River and surrounding forest were beautiful. I hiked to Galehead Hut with my 5 and 11 year old grandchildren. The kids loved the challenge and staying at the hut. The croo were fantastic as was the food. Awesome experience for my little family...One that the kids will not soon forget. Great but challenging trek!

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 :)

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4 days ago

Easy in the 4000 footer sense. Not truly flat the entire way as others indicate here but a gradual ascent. Views at the top are spectacular but it was unbelievably crowded when we summited. The day we went (a week ago) one women sprained her ankle - might have been because of the overly wet conditions. Trail was almost all water the entire way after a week of heavy rains.

Great hike. Very gradual at the beginning and then the last 100 yards or so was a steep climb but SO worth it! 360 views at the top. Beautiful. We started late (1:30pm) and finished at 7:30pm... INCLUDING our 1 hour break. So our hike was 5 hours total from beginning to end (not including break time). I used hiking poles.. and I also wore hiking sandals which I feel slowed me down because there are some rocky parts. Next time I will wear my hiking boots.

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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17 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.

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26 days ago

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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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.

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