Ascent of Zealand Mountain on 2013-10-05

Climber: Kaerstin Quinlan

Others in Party:Dan Quinlan <3343>
Mom (partial)
Date:Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Zealand Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

It’s not the greatest day for a hike but, Mom, Dad and I start up the Zealand trail around 9:30am on this fall day. The first part of the trail is pretty flat, as far as mountain hikes go and so we made pretty good time. We got to the Zealand falls around 10:25, Dad and I climbed around a bit and took some pictures, it was a bit too late for the fall colors though. We took a short break at the hut to have a quick snack then headed toward the cliffs at 10:50 am.
Dad and I got to Zealand cliffs around 11:40am, this part of the hike was much steeper than the trail to the Hut itself. Today there are high clouds, but we have some great views into the valley below. Me and dad were eating lunch on the cliffs, we checked on our walkie talkies where mom was, turned out she was eating lunch just 100’ away on the clearing on the trail!
We all took some picture on the cliff before we continued our hike. Mom decided she will head back to the hut and dad and me head to Zealand summit. We got to the summit at 12:55.
Zealand is indeed a treed summit so we didn’t stay too long – just long enough for a quick snack and we headed back down. We headed down a little after 1pm, quickly passing by the cliffs for one more quick peek at 1:40pm. We met up with mom at the hut around 2:15pm. It was quite crowded at the hut on this Sunday afternoon. It was kinda interesting to see the people on the trail between the parking and the hut, many looked like they were just coming from church! It is a rather easy hike to the hut anyway. We were back at the car around 3:25.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2700 ft / 822 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2700 ft / 822 m
    Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Route:Zealand, Twinway Trails
    Start Trailhead:Zealand Rd  1540 ft / 469 m
    Time:5 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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