Hit the Trail: Zealand
By: Jennifer Hansen
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Zealand Trail to Thoreau Falls, Jefferson NH
Route: Zealand Trail 2.5, Ethan Pond Trail 2.1, Thoreau Falls Trail 0.1 — and back
Trail surface: Large rocks at the beginning quickly give way to an easy gravel trail with occasional rocky segments.
Percentage runnable: 100%
Elevation change: almost flat
Distances: Out and back 9.4 miles
Ease of Navigation: Well-blazed and signed trails throughout.
Parking: Zealand Trail Head, almost 2 hours from Lebanon
Website/Map: White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) guidebook.
This trip report has a nice map, and my route is the second half of their hike.
Other users: Many hikers, some dogs
I have enjoyed running this trail twice so far this year, and I expect to do it many more times. It's a nice shakeout run before or after a more strenuous hike or run (my first time on it was to stretch out the day after a Presidential Traverse). The gravel flats and boardwalks through the Zealand Ponds area, the striking beauty of Zealand Notch, and lovely Thoreau falls at the turnaround point make it really interesting and pretty.
Next Month: Closer to home...