We had a great weekend hiking around the Zealand/Crawford Notch area. We did about a 17-mile loop going up the Zealand Trail to A-Z trail, then following that to the col between Mts Tom and Field. At that point, we took the Willey Range Trail over the top of Mt Field, then continued on to Mt Willey. We then had the daunting task of climbing down Mt Willey with full packs for mile #8 of a 9.5-mile day. OK, that mile didn't go quite as well as the others. HAHA. We got into Ethan Pond campsite just before sunset and had a GREAT night under a crystal clear sky.

Morning broke and we were on our way again. MORE crystal clear sky and a beautiful day to walk out via Ethan Pond Trail to Zealand - with stops at Thoreau Falls and also at Zealand Hut.

GORGEOUS weather - we should have left the Gore-tex at home, but we never do that no matter what the forecast.

Here's a view from Mt Willey! This was our third time on the summit but first time that we could really appreciate it.

Full report is here