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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot
Bethlehem, NH, Livermore, NH, Lincoln, NH

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

Route: Zealand Trail, Twinway, spur trail, (Zealand Mountain), spur trail, Twinway, (Mt. Guyot), Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, Guyot Shelter Spur, Bondcliff Trail, Twinway, (Mt. Guyot), Twinway, Zealand Trail

Took advantage of a rare December Zealand Road opening.

Zealand Trail was generally packed powder, 1-2" deep. Contrary to the AMC backcountry reports, there is nowhere near 9" of snow at the Zealand Hut - more like 3".

Trail not as well packed out beyond hut. Some black ice lurking underneat the snow. Deepest drifts between hut and Zealand Mountain were generally 6" deep.

Little traffic beyond Zealand Mountain. I was the first set of tracks (followed later by two folks). Like Zealand Ridge, generally 2-3" deep. Around treeline, however, there were drifts up to 3 feet deep, but they were short lived, and followed in places by bare rock. Generally slow going due to the shoulder season snowpack.

Went all this way to do the Guyot Shelter Spur. Some interesting views through the trees, but otherwise sort of a long way to go for stupid redlining purposes. Perhaps I should be calling me stupid, not the redlining. But I digress.

I carried Microspikes and snowshoes the whole day without so much as considering using them. Others used Microspikes most of the day without issue. Trails were way too boney today to just snowshoes, however, it snowed throughout the day and into the night, so who knows.

Windy in places along the Zealand Ridge, but surprisingly not bad on Guyot.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Parking Elevation: 2,000'
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Time Elapsed: 03:33
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000'
Summit Elevation: 4,260'
Distance: 5.7 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,490'
Destination: Mt. Guyot
Time Elapsed: 00:54
Trailhead Elevation: 4,260'
Summit Elevation: 4,580'
Distance: 1.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 640'
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:31
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,220'

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

Not much to see from Zealand Mountain today - Click to enlarge
Not much to see from Zealand Mountain today

Drifts near Guyot
Drifts near Guyot

Fog as seen from Mt. Guyot - Click to enlarge
Fog as seen from Mt. Guyot

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. The summer parking lot generally closes in November, but was open on December 1 in 2012.

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