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Mt Hale, NH 10/30/15

Cannonball

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Pound for pound Mt Hale might be some of the most vert in the Whites. It's a short distance to the summit at only 2.2 miles. But it is all UP from the car to the summit. No approach, no breaks, no vistas.

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As a skin & ski it gets negative points because the access road gets closed in the winter and makes for a long flat approach. As a hiking trail though it's an 'easy' way to bag a 4k in a short distance.

It's classic shoulder season right now with nice cold temps for hiking and only the slightest hint of ice and snow

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Not much of a summit view (none at all really). In some ways that was a good excuse, because it was cold and windy so lingering want very appealing.

It's a great hike that I've put off for too long. The hiking conditions are perfect in Whites right now. Get it while it's good!
 

wtcobb

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Nice! Hale gets a bad rap for not having the summit view, but the cascades along the trail and very nice. I'd like to do it in winter to see the area iced up, but for that approach...

As for skinning, I believe the approach here is about the same as from Haystack Rd. (about 2.5 miles).
 

Abubob

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I didn't see any of that stuff. Where would it have been?

The mop wringer was at the top. The empty tank was not the way to Zealand hut but near the top and the pump was just before the hut.


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