Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mt. Hale - 4054 Feet

STATE: New Hampshire
TOWN: Bethlehem
DESTINATION: Mt. Hale
ELEVATION: 4054 Feet
SUMMIT COORDINATES: N44 13.302, W71 30.720
TRAIL: Hale Brook Trail
DISTANCE: 4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2280 Ft.
HIKING TIME: 1.5 hours
SEASON: late-winter
DATE: march 19, 2011
WEATHER: Overcast, cool

PARKING:

From route 302 turn at Zealand Campground onto Zealand road and follow it 2.5 miles to the Hale Brook trail gravel parking area on the right.

USGS QUAD: South Twin Mountain Quad

MAP: (Mt. Hale)



DESCRIPTION:

From the Hale Brook Trail parking area 2.5 miles from US 302 on Zealand Road ascend the relatively easy 2.4 mile Hale Brook trail. You quickly cross the Spruce Goose Express cross country ski trail and ascend gradually through a birch forest. At 0.8 miles you reach a crossing of Hale Brook and continue the steady ascent before turning left and running across the grade of a steep slope paralleling Hale Brook. Cross the brook bed at 1.3 miles and begin a series of switchbacks increasing in elevation and transitioning to conifer trees before reaching the open summit. The summit is marked with a very large rock pile and the metal post remains of a former fire tower. The summit is open however the tree growth limits views.

TRAIL DISTANCES:

HIKING DISTANCES
DESTINATION
DISTANCE TOTAL DIST.
Hale Brook Trail - Hale Brook Crossing 0.8 miles 0.8 miles
Hale Brook Crossing - switchbacks0.5 miles1.3 miles
switchbacks - summit1.1 miles2.4 miles

HIKING TIMES:

HIKING TIMES
DESTINATION
TIME TOTAL TIME
Hale Brook Trail - Hale Brook Crossing 20 minutes 20 minutes
Hale Brook Crossing - switchbacks15 minutes35 minutes
switchbacks - summit30 minutes65 minutes

NOTES / COMMENTS:

Mt. Hale is the 37th tallest mountain in New Hampshire at 4054 feet. It is names after writer, philanthropist and surveyor Rev. Edward Everett Hale who wrote "The Man without a Country". In 1929 a fire tower was constructed to overlook the Zealand valley however it is no longer standing and the only remains are metal rods sticking out of the ground. The summit is open however nearby tree cover prevents any outstanding views.

The summit contains magnetic rocks which will affect any compass readings from it's summit.

Zealand road is closed in winter requiring a 2.5 mile road walk to the trailhead.

The photo to the right shows HockeyPuck on the summit of Mt. Hale.

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