Mount Hale Via Hale Brook Trail
4,000 footer #1 for 2019. It wasn't until recently that I made the goal and decision of hiking all the 4,000 footers in New England. Mount Hale was numero uno of 67 summits. This was probably one of the easiest I will have to conquer and definitely not one with the best views, but hey it's on the list so it had to be completed.
The hike was pretty moderate crossing Hale Brook and heading up some pretty rocky inclines. The trail was pretty wet and snowy closer to the summit, but that is to be expected this time of year.
The summit itself is marked with a large mound of rocks in a open field surrounded by coniferous trees. There is no longer a view as the trees around it have grown up. The day I went up it was very cold, windy and snowy at the summit. I took shelter in the trees on the trail to grab a quick snack.
Leaving the summit you can go back down the Hale Brook Trail or continue down to the Zealand Road 2.3 miles.
Mount Hale Via Hale Brook Trail:
Location: Bethleham, New Hampshire
Trail head located off from Route 302 on Zealand Road. Trail head parking on right.
Elevation Gain: 2277 Ft.
Distance: 4.6 miles out and back
Time Frame: 3-4 hours
"Because in the end you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that mountain." - Jack Kerouac
"The biggest wall you've gotta climb is the one you build in your mind" -Unknown