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At just shy of 9 miles this is a great day hike. There are two possible starting points, the Hale Brook Trailhead or about a mile farther down the road to the Zealand Road Trailhead. The Hale Brook Trail has a consistent ascent through lofty maple, beech. birch. Gaining nearly 2,400 feet in about 2.3 miles this is the toughest part.
The summit of Mount Hale is a large pile of rocks and the remains of an old fire tower. Continuing down the Lend-A-Hand Trail winds through a forest of ferns, moss, and evergreens to the Zealand Hut. Wonderful hut! The last section from the hut to Zealand Road Trailhead is a quick 2.5 mile section on flat, unvaried terrain. The scenery is lovely, passing by Zealand Pond and marsh as well as moose meadows.
The hike ends at Zealand Road trailhead and a quick, downhill, 1 mile hike on the road brings you back to the Hale Brook Trail.