Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: My car and Bobcat's truck were the only vehicles in the lot start and finish. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: In microspikes no problems. In bare boots there was black ice even on seemingly clear rocks, although there were plenty of them too. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We took out a few blowdowns; several remain, but they aren't significant issues to hikers. One or two would affect skiers on Lincoln Woods. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Pepper had fun. Pemi ran off probably to chase something and having missed the hike enjoyed a chauffered ride home. Conditions for this hike in December were superb. No snowballing on the legs or paw icing, some water to drink low, warm sun and only the Bondcliff ridge going up was very windy and Pepper tolerates wind well. The scramble near the top was icy, but a single butt spot was enough going up, and going down it was no problem.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trails are pretty easy hiking right now for dog and man. An old pair of microspikes are ideal, as they do improve traction generally and in the few tricky spots, and the grinding on rocks, most notable on the Bondcliff ridge, likely won't concern the wearer. I barebooted the lower sections, but they were a tad slick, and put on old spikes for the higher. Bobcat used spikes the entire hike. There's a little bit of snow up high which makes spike use easier, smoothing the trail and allowing a good bite. There was some wind on Bondcliff's ridge going up which caused us to put on windgear; there much less on the way back so we left the windgear in the packs, We didn't see signs of anyone else all day; it felt like a wildernss hike. It was a splendid hike with excellent company. Thanks Bobcat and Pepper.  
Name: Pepper & Me, and Bobcat 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-12-12 
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