Mt. Hale via Hale Brook trail, September 28, 2008
Mileage: 4.4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2300'
Trailhead: Zealand Road (a right off of Route 302 heading east - before you reach AMC Highland Center). If you see a parking lot on your left, you've gone too far. Hale Brook trailhead is 2.2 miles down Zealand road (on the right).
Today I hiked with Rich. We got to the trailhead mid morning. It rained most of the drive up there and was raining steadily when we parked but I was ever hopeful, having recently been hit with an obsession to complete my NH 4ks. I had a ways to go with this being #9 (I would only make it to #11 this year before year's end).
|The trail is entirely wooded, with a glimpse of view closer to the top.|
This hike was fairly easy with moderate grade and we were at the summit in no time. The summit was a huge pile of rocks in a “field” at the top, wooded. There is no view at the top (I hear if you stand on the cairn you can see something.)
|The field at the summit shows remnants of a fire tower.|
|Not that it's a competition or anything, but this was Rich's 10th and my 9th - I felt compelled to catch up!|
The rain continued during our descent, at times it changed into a heavy mist. We were soaked when we got back to the car but I didn't care. It was still a nice time out in the woods.