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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 1, 2020
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Great day to hit the old fire wardens route to Hale

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Christopher Burns reviewed Hatstack Mountain
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HikingBlowdown
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HikingMuddy

Hale was very steep with no switchbacks, Zealand had a lot of switchbacks and was really pretty! Got very slippery though

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 10, 2020
Hiking

Trail was in great shape. The hike up Gale was steeper than I expected. On summit there were loads of gray jays. Getting up to Zeacliff took a lot out of me but mostly easy to Zealand from there. Last weekend huts will be open for food/water

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Aleksei Semeniuk reviewed Hatstack Mountain
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HikingFloodedIcyRocky

Relatively easy hike up Hale. Steepish but short. Hike down Lend a Hand Trail is not my favorite. Very wet especially near the bottom but doable. And giving up the elevation gain after climbing up Hale and then having to regain it going up to Zealand can be despiritng but it's part of the hike. I wonder if there's a direct bushwhack between Hale and Zealand without having to descend and ascend back up? And both Hale and Zealand have no views but I finished on Zeacliff which has an awesome view! I finished with the mile road walk back to my car and measured 15 miles total. Not sure what is accurate but it's a reasonably long hike regardless. That being said I enjoyed this hike and will be back again!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

We parked at Zealand and did the mile road walk at the beginning which was not bad at all. The climb up Mt. Hale is no joke. Extremely steep for the entire time, it was relentless. Zero views on Hale, but there is a huge rock cairn and a good clearing for taking a break. Trail from Hale to Zealand is beautiful and diverse. Some rocks, some bog bridges, some dirt. Again, zero views at Zealand, but Zeacliff makes up for it - wow! By far the most gorgeous view I have seen throughout my hiking. The only man made thing you can see are the towers on Mt. Washington. The only way to know when you are at Zeacliff is a chalk sign that says “View” with an arrow. Follow the arrow!! Also, I really cannot say enough good things about Zealand Trail (the way down). Starts with some steep rock steps from the hut, then some rocky parts for probably 0.3 miles, then it’s pretty much smooth sailing. Level, packed down trail with minimal rocks for the rest of the time. It was such an enjoyable way to end the day. If you aren’t doing the 4,000’ers, I recommend hiking up this trail to the cliff and down. Would make for roughly a 10 mile round trip hike. My tracker tracked everything at 15.7 (including the mile road walk).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 28, 2020
HikingGreat!

We did this last week in one day, 10.5hrs. The drought made the water river crossings very doable by rock-hopping. Saw lots of folks who had spent the night. Steady climb up North Twin, then quickly over to South Twin. We stopped at Zeacliff Pond for lunch and were disappointed to see people had left trash (napkins, poop/poop-covered tp, wrappers) around the pond. Zeacliff Overlook was gorgeous and definitely worth the extra .2 or so miles. Stopped for water at Zealand Falls Hut and then an easy up and down over Mt Hale (which is a pile of rocks). Downhill from Hale on the Fire Warden’s Trail (not on AMC maps but easy to find and follow) was wooded and relatively easy on the knees.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 27, 2020
HikingFeeGreat!

THE FOLIAGE!! Such a great trail! Pretty dry, very few mud/water spots. Lots of roots so pay attention if those make you nervous. Pretty well marked. Zealand Falls Hut to the Mt. Zealand is pretty steep at the beginning then mellows out BIG time. Definitely visit the "view" turnoff on way to Zealand Summit, just be wary of young kids/dogs off leash, it leads to a massive cliff face. Trail up to and summit of Hale were a little lackluster, highly suggest looping Hale to Zealand, well worth it! Dont know how long it will last, but Zealand Falls Hut was open for restrooms/snacks/ and weather.

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HikingGreat!Rocky

So glad I did this double wooded summit in the fall. Make sure you stop at the “view” for the best, well view. Foliage is unbelievably gorgeous right now. Going up the Zealand before the turn onto Twin way is probably the toughest spot. Overall, great hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 24, 2020
Hiking

I wouldn't really bother with this loop if you're not in it for peak bagging. Both peaks are unimpressive, the saving grace was zeacliff, the hut area and the swamps on the way out.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Hiking

Relentless - but as always any day on a mountain is a great day!

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Backpacking

A spectacular loop hike taking you though some beautiful classic white mountain terrain. Spent the night at Zeacliff pond and was greeted with a spectacular sunset.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
Hiking

The last mile is on the dirt road, I might walk that part first so you end at the car. it's a bummer to be out of the woods and still have a mile walk on road.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 26, 2020
Hiking

I give mt. Hale 1 star. steep no views. from Hale to twinway nice hike . twinway to zealand lots of views , zealand falls a plus. mt zealand ledges have great views. summit has nothing. decent to hut has great views. And from hut to base just a beautiful trail , ponds , falls , mtn views all the way down. I give mt zealand 5 stars.

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