Ascent of Zealand Mountain on 2013-09-07

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Zealand Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked from Zealand Rd, starting at 6:30 AM. The Zealand Trail was one of the easiest trails I've ever hiked; the grades were very easy and it was wide and well-groomed. I passed the Zealand Ponds at 2.3 miles, walking on a wide, long bridge in the process. At 2.5 mi, I turned right on the Twinway (AT) and followed its steep corridor to the Zealand Falls Hut, where breakfast was being served. I hung around for a couple minutes and headed further up the Twinway, where it passed the Lend-a-Hand Trail early on. After the first stream crossing, the grade became moderate to steep, and when I reached the ridgecrest, I made a quick visit to the Zeacliff outlook, which had amazing views and was well worth the side trip.

The Twinway followed the Zealand ridge at generally easy grades, with a few steeper parts; one steep part had to be negotiated by ladder. At this point, it was getting cold and windy, but it got warmer back at the hut.

I eventually saw a flag at what the placer of it thought was Zealand's summit, and then realized that I had a little further to go (the famous "Zealand" sign was not there). I went a short distance past the flag and turned right onto a spur path, eventually reaching Zealand Mountain's wooded, viewless summit. I hung out for a few minutes and then headed back down the way I came.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2300 ft / 701 m
    Elevation Loss:2300 ft / 701 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 671 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Zealand Trail, Twinway Trail
    Trailhead:Zealand Rd.  2040 ft / 621 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2300 ft / 701 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Zealand Trail, Twinway Trail
    Trailhead:Zealand Rd.  2040 ft / 621 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 

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