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Seth MaciejowskiRoute Climbed: Old fire tower approach from zealand road Date Climbed: October 1999  Sucess!

Seth Maciejowski

We started at 4:30 from the road. It only took about 1 hour to reach the top and we were down just as it was getting really dark. A relatively easy 4000'er.
Posted Oct 19, 2005 9:24 am

bewencherRoute Climbed: Lend-a-Hand Trail to Hale Brook Trail (part of N. Twin > S. Twin > Guyot > Zealand > Hale day trip) Date Climbed: October 1, 2005  Sucess!

bewencher

I solo hiked this peak after splitting off from my hiking partners near Zealand hut. Lend-a-Hand has numerous bog bridges that were showing their age and there was a great deal of water/mud still on the trail from a storm over a week ago. There were obvious signs of much more water in most places (i.e. pine needle rings high on rocks and bog bridges). It was not the best marker trail I've ever hiked on. But it was very gradual and the weather was awesome, so it all evened out. The Hale Brook Trail had a large amount of blow down from the same storm and there were a lot of trees down in the trail. I didn't see anyone from when I started on Lend-a-Hand until I hiked out of Zealand Road and back to my car. It was very peaceful.
Posted Oct 3, 2005 9:58 pm

BozoRoute Climbed: Hale Brook Trail Date Climbed: 18 aug 05  Sucess!

Bozo

Hale Brook trail is a good option for a short and easy hike.
Posted Aug 21, 2005 9:46 pm

dspalRoute Climbed: Hale Brook Trail Date Climbed: October 2001  Sucess!

dspal

Short hike, nice relaxing fall walk...
Posted Aug 18, 2005 8:41 pm

dwhikeRoute Climbed: Hale Brook Trail Date Climbed: October 1996  Sucess!

dwhike

The Hale Brook Trail is less than exciting but the view from summit was great. Almost forgot to throw a rock on the pile before I left!
Posted Feb 7, 2005 9:56 am

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Hale Brook to Lend-a-Hand loop Date Climbed: August 24, 1998  Sucess!

CharlesD

From the journal: Having just returned from Africa and feeling somewhat fragile from a bout of food poisoning and jet-lag, I felt that fresh air and excercise would do me good. The day was beautiful and sunny with a stiff breeze. Starting at the trailhead 2.5 miles from US302, I hiked up the Hale Brook trail. It climbed steadily through lovely forest before achieving the summit at 2.5 miles. The summit, marked by a large rock pile, is a barren clearing ringed by low trees. If you are tall or can stand on the rock pile, a precarious perch in the high winds, you are treated to a full 360 degree panorama of the Presidentials and Willey Range to the east, and the Pemi to the south and west.



From the summit and after a well-deserved lunch, I took the Lend-a-Hand trail south along the ridge of Mt. Hale. A few tenths of a mile down from the summit, you come upon a marginal side trail to the east which in a few yards leads to a large boulder with an excellant view to the south into Zealand Notch and out towards Carrigan. The trail continues crossing over some fens, finally meeting up with the AT and shortly after Zealand Falls Hut at 2.8 miles. The Falls themselves are interesting and a good place to relax in the sun and even swim. However, clouds had rolled in and thunder was heard. I rested at the hut and enjoyed a wonderful peice of carrot cake.



As I was traversing the steep .2 miles down to the Zealand Pond trail, the rain and thunder started in earnest. Donning rain-gear, I trudged along on another 2.5 miles of relatively easy, rock-free trail past two ponds and a number of lovely swamps. Despite gear, however, I was soon quite damp and disspiritted. After finally reaching the road, it was another mile of trudging in sloshing shoes to get back to the car.
Posted Jan 19, 2005 11:26 pm

desainmeRoute Climbed: Lend a Hand Date Climbed: June 92  Sucess!

desainme

We hiked up from Zealand Falls and Hut. After admiring the view down to Mt .Carrigain from the hut, we hiked to the top. Mellow summit. One path was the Lend a Hand trail.
Posted Jan 19, 2005 10:01 pm

nartrebRoute Climbed: Lend-a-Hand Trail Date Climbed: 15 Jan. 2005  Sucess!

nartreb

Beautiful winter day with a couple inches of untouched powder. Saw one set of tracks that had come up from the other side, but never met anybody.



For much of the way I was following tracks left by a lynx or bobcat.
Posted Jan 19, 2005 9:55 pm

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