Ascent of Mount Hale on 2012-05-19
|Others in Party:||Garret Paul Robert and other scouts|
|Date:||Saturday, May 19, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4054 ft / 1235 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis is my 1st official NH 4K footer.
Garret and I hiked with 11 other Boy Scouts & adults as part of the hiking merit badge so the hike was made longer to meet the 10mi requirement.
Perfect weather for hiking! Crystal clear blue sky, temperature in the 60s and a bit of a breeze. Not too many bugs either.
We parked at the first parking area on Zeland road and started out at 9am following the x-country ski trail. This was a mistake as the going was slow across the moss covered boulders and a bit swampy. Once we got to the Hale brook trail we made better progress. Hale Book trail is very well maintained but it is steep. The boys were all quiet on the ascent as they didn't have any breath left over! We took a number of breaks so it took us 3hrs to reach the summit.
There isn't much to see at the summit of Mt Hale. There is a clearning and pile of rocks to get another 6ft higher but not much of a view.
After lunch we headed down the Lend-a-Hand trail which did have a couple of views of the mountains. The boys now had extra breath since we were heading downhill so the chatter was up. We weren't going to sneak up on a moose today! The forest is natural with dense trees of many species. In places there is nearly pure balsam firs which make a thick canopy and lots of moss covering the ground. Other places have thick birch stands which were open since the leaves were not fully out yet.
We reached the Zeland hut and marveled at the Zeland Falls. Absolutely gorgeous waterfall tumbling down the rock ledges down to Zeland pond. By far my favorite part of the the hike. We stayed here for better part of an hour relaxing and exploring.
Once we reached Zeland road it was another 2.5mi slog to get to the cars. Definetly the least favorite part of the hike.
Got back to the cars a bit before 6pm.
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Sunny & Perfect for hiking
| Route:||Hale Brook|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Route:||Lend-a-Hand to Zeland trail|
| Time Down:||4 Hours |
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