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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Hale, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Road, Hale Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Zealand road gated just after Sugarloaf Trailhead Parking. We brought our bikes for a beautiful ride up 1.8 miles to Hale Brook trailhead/parking and locked them up in the woods. Made for a great trip! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor rock hopping, dry boots 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Minor blowdowns. Some waterbar work on upper section might be helpful but not urgent 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A few doggos having a good day out with their owners- all well behaved! Had a "shitty" experience as our own dog managed to find (and roll in) some human feces un-properly buried not far from Hale Brook (ie: no where near far enough away from the stream and no cat hole). Granted, this wouldn't have happened if our dog was leashed, so bad on us. But wow, what a "memorable" experience. :(  
Bugs
Bugs: Light; breeze mostly kept them away 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The bike up the road made for a pleasant way to start the hike portion and the hike itself was super scenic. The bike up made for easy cruising on the way back (good fun for 8 year old in the group!). Temps were perfect, bugs were down, trail condition was mostly dry with minor patches of ice that were avoidable and are probably already gone. Passed a handful of hikers on Hale Brook all keeping distance. Numerous folks heading up Zealand road, most of whom looked to be getting out there for a night or two (jealous!).

See notes above about our dog rolling in "it". Folks, with bathroom access limited everywhere due the pandemic, maybe a sign or a poster or something to provide re-education on where to pee and how to dig a cat hole and how to take a crap in the woods would be a really good idea. Carry those hand trowels if you think you might need one!  
Name
Name: Ryan  
E-Mail
E-Mail: amyryan1@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-01 
Link
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