|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 7, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty - no issues. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||2 upper crossings on the Bondcliff trail are bridged and appears stable. almost all others have open water but the water is low - easy to cross with some rock-hopping. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||5 blowdowns on the former Wilderness trail (now part of the Bondcliff trail). A little awkward on skis but otherwise easy to deal with.
Lots of bend-over trees, branches hanging over the trail and a few blowdowns. Lots of stuff to knock you in the head and it makes for somewhat tedious travel in some areas. |
||Great trail for dogs right now. Wet paws are unavoidable in a couple of crossings but the water is low. Cinnilla is well protected by Musher's Secret and had a great day (long!).
Some ice along Bondcliff but it is in flat sections and should not be a problem.
The Hillary step did not cause any problems. |
|Lost and Found:
||Thing I might have lost a small bungee cord. Whoever finds it can keep it. ||
||Georg and I skied (in and out) to the old start of the Bondcliff Trail and then changed to snowshoes for the rest of the hike. |
A 1" dusting overnight (a bit more at higher elevation) made for excellent skiing conditions.
Bondcliff trail has previously been traveled and is reasonably well-packed. Some signs of barebooters/postholing but it is a minor nuisance and we have mostly evened it out by now.
Significant drifting just above the Hillary step and then again from about 1/4 of a mile down from Bondcliff and all the way to West Bond. Drifts up to 2' in some places but mostly around 1'.
About a 1/4 of a mile around Bondcliff is a mixture of ice, rocks and crusted snow. Tough on the snowshoes but we decided to keep them on and sure enough we needed them badly after this short section.
We could not determine if the Bondcliff trail beyond the West Bond spur junction had been traveled at all since the arrival of the first snow. In any event trail-breaking efforts are now required on this section.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.