HIKING MOUNT HALE

Little River crossing on the Mt. Hale ascent. Photo by Fred Shirley
Fred Shirley

MOUNT HALE | 4,054' | MODERATE

Mount Hale (4,054’), one of the “Little River Mountains” offers hikers an easy hike.

Note: for complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide or try our White Mountain Guide Online.

Suggested Routes

Moderate: Hale’s summit, once bare, is being overtaken by steadily-growing trees and the view is nearly obscured. The quickest approach to the summit is via the Hale Brook Trail, an easy hike with moderate grades and good footing.

Trip Planning

The AMC’s Zealand Falls Hut is located at 2,630 ft. on the north end of Zealand Notch, near the Twinway, Zealand and Ethan Pond Trails. The hut is open on a full-service basis from early June to mid-October, offering meals and overnight accommodations, and is open for self-service during the rest of the year.

The AMC’s Hiker Shuttle stops at the Zealand Trailhead, connecting hikers with The Highland Center.

Safety in Summer and early Fall

The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.

Winter Hiking on Mt. Hale

Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mount Hale are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .

Fun Fact

Mt. Hale is named for the Reverend Edward Everett Hale, who penned “The Man Without a Country.”

Additional Resources

White Mountain Guide Online

AMC's online edition of the White Mountain Guide combines our expert descriptions of over 500 White Mountain trails and detailed maps in an online format that is easy to use and continually updated as conditions change, all for one low annual subscription fee.


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