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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Hale
Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Hale Brook Trail
Looking up the Hale Brook Trail

Route: Hale Brook Trail

With the remnants of a hurricane due to arrive in the region in the coming days and mediocre weather forecasted in the meantime, I decided to head up to Mt. Hale for a brief workout.

While things were supposed to stay clear, visibility dropped and clouds moved in as I drove up Route 302 - it even sprinkled a little bit, contrary to the forecast.

The Hale Brook Trail was in pretty good shape - mostly dry with decent footing. With a decent amount of hiking over the past few days, I was feeling a bit low on energy, so the otherwise fairly moderate trail worked up a good sweat.

As I approached the summit, fog was moving in - no views from an already limited vista.

On the way down, I stopped to cut up a few blowdowns - at least I was able to get out and get some exercise.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Hale
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal due to weather
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Thursday, September 4, 2008
Hike Commenced: 4:26 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,770'
Destination: Mt. Hale
Ascent Commenced: 4:26 PM
Summit Reached: 5:32 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:06
Trailhead Elevation: 1,770'
Summit Elevation: 4,054'
Distance: 2.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,304'
Hike Ended: 7:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:37
Hike Distance: 4.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,324'

Hale Brook Trail trailhead
Hale Brook Trail trailhead

Looking at the remains of the firetower at the summit of Mt. Hale - Click to enlarge
Looking at the remains of the firetower at the summit of Mt. Hale

Topographic map of Mt. Hale - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 west from Bartlett past Bretton Woods Ski Area. A few minutes after, take a left onto Zealand Road. Continue up this road (turns to dirt) to the Hale Brook trailhead/small WMNF fee parking area (right side of the road).

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