Hale and Zealand with Winter Overnight at Zealand Hut

Trip dates: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 12:00 AM to Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Join us to celebrate the end of 2017 with an overnight stay in Zealand Hut and the goal of summiting two 4000'ers: Mts. Zealand and Hale. We'll hike in via the Zealand Road (closed in winter) and drop our sleeping gear at Zealand Hut before continuing on to the wooded summit of Zealand Mountain (4260'). We'll return to the hut for a cozy evening and dinner. The next morning, we'll carry all our gear and exit over Mt. Hale to return to our cars. Day 1 is approximately 11 miles and 3000' elevation gain, while day 2 is 7.5 miles, 1600'. The route is subject to change based upon weather and conditions.

The hut is staffed by a caretaker during self-service season and, while the main room of the hut will be heated in the evening, the adjacent sleeping rooms are unheated. This trip is suitable for experienced winter hikers who have been on hikes of comparable length this fall. If you are an experienced winter day hiker wanting to test out an overnight before committing to winter camping, this is a great opportunity to do so. The hut kitchen is well stocked with cooking equipment and water.

Trip details

Trip region: 
New Hampshire, White Mountains
Trip state: 
Elizabeth White
Keith Watling
Peter Monnes
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Trip difficulty: 


Adults (18+)


Registration required: 


Fee includes: 
The cost of $30. covers one night in a bunk in Zealand Hut and happy hour snacks. Participants must bring their own food for two trail lunches and snacks plus one breakfast and one dinner.
Creation date: 
2017-10-09 20:51:43.0
Last updated: 
2017-12-14 20:03:16.643