What to be thankful for this week? How about another weekend of incredible New England weather in the mountains. My brother and I decided to take on Mt. Zealand and Mt. Guyot on Saturday before it got fishy as to when the road would be closed. Here began the push for Bill's final 10 White Mountain 4000 footers.
From the start there was a thin coating of snow on the trail and through the woods. The hike in was very pleasant, and it was the first time headed up the easy Zealand Trail. It was very picturesque and we enjoyed this area very much. There were several bridges along the trail that skirt and cross the boggy area. The open area offered great views, especially up to Zealand, but no luck with any wildlife. I'll never see anything!
We stopped at the waterfall lookout below the hut, where there is a stand of some sort. My guess is that it must be for wildlife viewing? I have not seen anything like that anywhere else. The waterfall below the hut was impressive, so we stopped a second to snap a few pictures there. We then made our way up to Zealand Falls Hut, where we took a super quick break before moving on. When we did, we came across another very impressive waterfall above the hut.
|Me at waterfall below the hut|
|Zealand Falls Hut|
|Falls above the hut|
|Mt. Carrigain from Zeacliff|
|Tom, Field, Willey, and the Presidentials from Zeacliff...awesome|
|Icy Twinway - I don't like the Twinway on this side either!|
|Bill coming up over the icy section|
|Me and Bill at the summit of Mt. Zealand|
|Bill standing in front of what will be his final challenge|
|Me strolling around the summit looking all over the Pemi|
|Zealand Trail close to trailhead|
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway
Distance: 12.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 2850 feet
Book Time: 7hrs 35min
To view the full album from this hike, view or click on the slide show below.