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Mount Hale Information

Elevation: 4,055 feet (1,236 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 614 feet (187 meters)
Location: Bethlehem, NH (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Range: Twin Range
Coordinates: 44°13.30′North     71°30.73′West
Rating: How do the ratings work?Easy
Features: Brooks, Cascades, Limited summit views
Distance of highlighted hike below: 4.6 miles

Mount Hale is a 4,055 foot mountain in the Twin Range in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, Grafton County in the White Mountains. The mountain is named after Reverend Edward Everett Hale.

The shortest trail up to the summit of Mount Hale is the Hale Brook Trail. Mount Hale is considered one of the easiest hikes out of all the 4,000 footers. It is a short 2.2 mile hike to the summit, and a relatively straight path. This is not one of the more popular 4,000 footers because of it's very limited summit views. The summit is basically an open circle field with a big cairn (rock pile, usually a summit indicator) in the center, surrounded by trees. There is evidence of a fire tower that used to be there. Your best bet to see any views is to climb up the cairn and look out, but even then, the views are limited.

For peak-baggers:
Zealand Mountain is 5.6 miles from the summit of Mount Hale

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Mount Hale Summit Cairn - Hike 4000 footers Mount Hale
Photo of the huge cairn on Mount Hale on August 8, 2010.
Mount Hale Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Mount Hale.

This is an easy to follow hike. You begin on the Hale Brook Trail and follow for 2.3 miles until you reach the summit of Mount Hale. It is a fairly straight trail with no intersections or forks. To break the hike up into sections, 0.8 miles from the parking lot, you will cross the brook, and again at 0.5 miles, and again at 0.4 miles, leaving 0.6 miles left to hike to the summit. To get back to the parking lot, retrace your steps and descend the Hale Brook Trail for 2.3 miles.

Mount Hale Map, Hale Brook Trail Map, Trail Guide, Trail Map, Zealand Road, Bethlehem, NH Hale Brook Trail Zealand Road Twin Range
Click to download PDF Trail Map of Mount Hale

Some people hike Mount Hale with Zealand Mountain - Click here to see the map

Mount Hale Photos Top

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Mini field on the summit of Mount Hale on August 8, 2010.

Mount Hale Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Zealand Road in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. It is roughly 2.5 miles up Zealand Road on the right hand side. You will pass several Sugarloaf Mountain campground sites before reaching the parking lot. The trail begins slightly to the right (when standing on the road looking at the parking lot) behind the Brown wooden information station.

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