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Zealand Mountain
Bethlehem, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Twinway
Looking down the Twinway

Route: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, (Zealand Mountain), Zealand Spur, Twinway, Zeacliff Pond Spur, (Zeacliff Pond), Zeacliff Pond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Trail

While the forecast was calling for a terrible day, the morning radar image showed a different story. Thus, I grabbed my light backpack and headed to the Zealand Trail.

I jogged the smooth flats and soon found myself under partly sunny skies. After a quick stop at the falls, I continued up the Twinway, where the sun was drying the trail out nicely. Eventually reaching the summit of Zealand, I had views through the trees of Mt. Bond and Guyot. The Twins, on the other hand, were in the fog.

Having never visited it before, I opted to take a side trip to Zeacliff Pond. The descent wasn't too steep - the sight of the pond below the cliffs of a crag Zealand (not to be confused with Zeacliff) was pretty neat.

After a stop for a snack at the hut, I headed down the Zealand Trail, once again jogging the smooth portions, arriving back at the parking lot without contending with any of the forecasted all day rain.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Hike Commenced: 9:47 AM
Parking Elevation: 2,000'
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:47 AM
Summit Reached: 11:44 AM
Time Elapsed: 01:57
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000'
Summit Elevation: 4,260'
Distance: 5.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,490'
Hike Ended: 1:46 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:59
Hike Distance: 11.6 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,840'

The Zealand Trail trailhead
The Zealand Trail trailhead

Mt. Bond as seen from near the summit of Zealand Mountain - Click to enlarge
Mt. Bond as seen from near the summit of Zealand Mountain

Zeacliff Pond
Zeacliff Pond

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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