Zealand Mountain from South Twin Summit
Zealand Mountain is a wooded summit that sits just .1 mile off the Appalachian Trail. There are no views from the summit as it's in the middle of the woods. There is only one trail that takes you to Zealand Mountain and that's the Twinway. The fastest way to the summit is hiking Zealand Trail 2.5 miles to the Twinway and then hiking 3.1 miles up the Twinway to the Zealand Spur Trail.
-Zealand Trail / Twinway / Zealand Spur: 5.6 miles, elevation gain of 2,300 feet. The Zealand Trail has very easy grades and excellent footing as it leaves the end of Zealand Road and takes you past Zealand Ponds to it's end at the Twinway. The Twinway (Appalachian Trail) has rough footing with moderate to steep grades in places. From the Zealand/Ethan Pond Trail junction it rises steeply past Zealand Falls hut and continues to rise steeply until the trail splits at an outlook that overlooks Zealand Notch over to Carrigain Notch with tremendous views north to the Presidential Range. From here the trail becomes easier on the feet for a few tenths of a mile until one passes the Zeacliff Pond Trail junction where the Twinway becomes steep with rough footing again for a short pitch up to a ledge overlooking Zeacliff Pond. The trail then become easier again with moderate grades and ok footing for the next mile to the Zealand Spur Trail.
December 7th, 2012: Up Zealand Trail, The Twinway, North Twin Spur, down North Twin Trail
January 28th, 2012: Up and down Zealand Road, Zealand and Twinway trails
November 6th, 2011: Up and down Zealand and Twinway trails
December 23rd, 2010: Up Zealand Road, Hale Brook Trail, down Lend-a-Hand Trail, up and down Twinway, down Zealand Trail and Zealand Road
November 6th, 2010: Zealand, Twinway, Bondcliff, West Bond Spur Trail (Out & Back)
September 4th, 2010: Up Mount Hale Fire Warden's Trail, down Lend-A-Hand Trail, Up Twinway, over North Twin Spur Trail, down North Twin Trail
August 7th, 2010: Up North Twin Trail and North Twin Spur trail to North and South Twin Summit, through the Twinway to Zealand Summit, up Lend-A-Hand Trail to Mount Hale Summit, down defunct Mount Hale Fire Warden's Trail
May 1st, 2010: Zealand Road to Zealand Trail up Twinway to summit, down Twinway to Lend-a-Hand Trail to Hale summit and down Hale Brook Trail and Zealand Road back to car on Route 302 Winter Parking lot
October 17th, 2009: Zealand Mountain via Hancock Notch, Cedar Brook, Thoreau Falls, Ethan Pond, Zeacliff, and Twinway Trails, down Twinway, up Lend-A-Hand and down Hale Brook Trail
June 13th, 2009: Two Day Pemigeweasset Traverse (Counter Clockwise)