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Mt. Hale
Bethlehem, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Zealand Trail
The Zealand Trail

Route: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Lend-A-Hand Trail, (Mt. Hale), Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail

With a decent, but windy, day forecasted below treeline, I decided to take advantage of Zealand Road still being open and head up the Lend-A-Hand Trail.

The Zealand Trail was covered in a dusting of snow and the rocks at water crossings covered in ice. The steeps on the way to the hut, as well as on the Lend-A-Hand Trail were icy as well, requiring the use of light traction. The Lend-A-Hand Trail itself was less than pleasant on this day, as much of it was covered in puddles and running water with a breakable ice crust on top. Add half an inch of snow on top, and it was hard to figure out what you'd be stepping into.

After a few brief steep sections and a few false heights of land, I eventually reached the summit of Hale in the middle of a light snow squall. With that, the normally mediocre at best views were zilch, resulting in a very short stay on the summit.

Upon reaching an open, marshy area where the Lend-A-Hand Trail first clears a ridge, I weighed going to South Hale. Though originally my objective for the day (the cliffs especially), it seemed less than desirable in dropping temperatures, limited visibility, and increasing winds. Thusly, I decided to keep descending and instead settled for a break at the Zealand hut.

Upon reaching the Zealand Trail below the hut, the clouds and snow started to move out, resulting in a nice, partly sunny afternoon with decreasing winds.


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: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Hike Commenced: 8:44 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,000'
Destination: Mt. Hale
Ascent Commenced: 8:45 AM
Summit Reached: 11:22 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:37
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000'
Summit Elevation: 4,054'
Distance: 5.6 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,224'
Hike Ended: 2:20 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:36
Hike Distance: 11.2 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,394'


The Zealand Trail trailhead at the end of Zealand Road
The Zealand Trail trailhead at the end of Zealand Road

The upper Lend-A-Hand Trail
The upper Lend-A-Hand Trail

A lack of views from the Mt. Hale summit - Click to enlarge
A lack of views from the Mt. Hale summit

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. The Zealand WMNF fee parking area and Zealand Trail trailhead are located at the end of the road.

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