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Mt. Hale
Bethlehem, NH, Franconia, NH

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

Route: Herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, herd path, Firewarden's Trail, (Mt. Hale), Firewarden's Trail, herd path, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road, herd path

Afternoon/evening hike to Mt. Hale and back. Though there was 1-3" of new powder, the snowshoes never left the pack. The approach to the snowmobile bridge over the Little River had been washed out by Hurricane Irene, but was passable on foot.

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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, December 23, 2011
Time to Trailhead: 00:22
Parking Elevation: 1,620'
Destination: Mt. Hale
Time Elapsed: 01:42
Trailhead Elevation: 1,800'
Summit Elevation: 4,054'
Vertical Gain: 2,324'
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:43
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,604'


The North Twin Trail trailhead at the end of Haystack Road
The North Twin Trail trailhead at the end of Haystack Road

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: In winter, from Route 302, take Route 3 South into Twin Mountain. Take a left onto Little River Road. As of winter 2009-2010, the end of the road had room for limited parking (no parking signs removed - 7 Dwarfs Motel offers alternative fee parking in winter), and the snowmobile bridge across the Little River had been rebuilt and reopened. After crossing this bridge, take an immediate sharp left turn onto a skier path, which then leads to Haystack Road, near the North Twin Trail trailhead.

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