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Zealand Notch, Ethan Pond
July 4-6, 2002

Route: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Ethan Pond Trail,
Thoreau Falls Trail, Ethan Pond Campsite
Spur, Kedron Flume Trail
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Elevation:

Zealand Hut 2630 ft
Campsite near Zealand Pond 2460 ft
Thoreau Falls 2440 ft
Ethan Pond Campsite 2890 ft

Vertical Climb:

Paul 1782 ft
Toi 1718 ft
Holly, Muffin 1912 ft

Distance:

Paul, Toi 10.5 miles
Holly, Muffin 11.1 miles

Who Went:

Paul, Toi, Holly, Muffin

Day 1

The long (but not long enough) four-day 4th of July weekend seemed like a perfect time to hit the trail. And by staying away from popular family huts such as Lonesome Lake where had we joined screaming hordes of young kids in 1998, we hoped to beat the worst of the crowds. Our plan was simple - drive to the Willey House site and drop off my bicycle, then drive to the Zealand Trailhead to start our hike. We'd set up camp the first night in the woods near Zealand Hut, then backpack to Ethan Pond Campsite for a second night. Finally, on the third day, we planned to hike down the Ethan Pond and Kedron Flume Trails to my bike and I'd ride back to get the car.

The weather forecast looked good when we started down the Zealand Trail on Thursday. It was a hot, but it was dry, and it was supposed to cool off somewhat. I was carrying most of the heavy stuff in my backpack, as Toi's pack was smaller, and Holly's was an old worn-out Academy Broadway external frame model that was never particularly strong, even when new. In fact, not far down the trail, her waist belt broke and she ended up carrying it the rest of the trip by just the shoulder straps.

The Zealand Trail starts out a bit rocky, but smoothes out, and is easy walking all the way to the shores of Zealand Pond. Since it was hot and we were in no hurry, we stopped for a couple of rests along the way. At one of these stops, Holly took out her harmonica to play a quick rendition of Shenandoah.

Holly, Toi, and Muffin at the Zealand Trailhead. With my bicycle safely locked up at the Willey House site, we planned to walk the Zealand and Ethan Pond Trails to Crawford Notch, where I would then ride back to get our car at Zealand.

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Toi and Holly on the Zealand Trail. It was a bit hot, but we appreciated the sunny skies while we still had them.

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Holly playing a tune on her harmonica during a rest stop on the Zealand Trail.

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