Zeacliff family hike (May 25, 2021) - 4.5 hours

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Daniel, son Oscar and his wife Karen.    Zeacliff.

I hadn't seen my son Oscar and his wife Karen in almost 18 months because of the pandemic so it was a pleasure to have them in Bretton Woods. We did an afternoon hike to Zeacliff, starting from the Zealand trailhead. My wife Janice likes to go the Zealand Hut and the nearby Falls (left), but she and Karen felt the energy to go on to Zeacliff so on we went. The climb is steep and rough in places but the view at the top is amazing (right).

Oscar with Karen and dog Brady.    Oscar and Janice.

Oscar of course has a way to get in all my pictures. Here he is at left with Karen and dog Brady, who was panting and thirsty after the climb but still managed to lead the pack. And at right with Janice.

Zeacliff looking west toward Whitewall.    Zealand valley and beaver ponds.

OK, one more picture from the top of Zeacliff looking west toward Whitewall (left), but I was disappointed to see that trees are starting to grow in. There are places in the National Forest were trees are actively cut for views, and I hope this can be the case for Zeacliff, though it would be difficult to cut the trees clinging to the side of the cliff. After 15 minutes at the top we headed back the way we came, pausing on the way out to take in the view of the Zealand valley and beaver ponds (right).

See also: 2021 Hikes