Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, South Hale, NH
Trails: Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, bushwhack, Twinway, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking was packed by the Wednesday hiking group 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water level was low, so all were easy to cross 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails were in good shape. Just one big blow-down on Hale Brook trail. The trail maintainer had already chopped two of the three big ones. The one remaining can be crawled under or go above the root ball in deep mud.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: easy hike for dogs with plenty of water for them. 
Bugs: I expected to find black flies, but was glad that they were not about today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Except for a short stretch of some slushy snow from Monday and some soft ice after the second switchback on Hale Brook trail, it was easy to make it without any traction, though the Wednesday Group found it easier to put on the microspikes. I started my bushwhack off Lend-a-Hand trail at the ledgy, brushy area. If you want some good description check the one by Rocket 21 (Jeremy). I found the woods to be fairly open with a lot of moose paths that looked like herd paths. To find the canister you have to track further to the northwest off the first high point and then going down into a lower, flat part before heading up to the high point (canister). Lend-a-Hand trail was also in good shape and not much mud on it. Zealand trail out to the road is dry and enjoyable. Instead of walking down the road to the Hale Brook TH I had placed my bicycle at the Zealand TH there in the morning. It was an easy, fast ride back to my car  
Name: Georg 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-05-18 
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