|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 12, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at Lincoln Woods. Zealand Road closed, parking off US 302. |
||Wet Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Slush, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The lower crossing on Wilderness and Bondcliff Trails wide open. Rock walking it low water.
All others mostly snow bridged. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Didn't see any. |
|Lost and Found:
||common sense ||
||Started at LW with spikes for traction on packed loose granular conditions. Switched to snowshoes at Wilderness trail Jct. Used throughout. Slower than normal going due to soft conditions. Upon entering the tropical rain forest of dripping snow and ice it became apparent it was going to be WET. On approach to Bondcliff leaners in the trail made slower and wetter. Hillary step was snow covered and was easy to cut steps with snowshoes. On Bondcliff summit views through undercast made it pleasent with a light breeze with hopes of drying out. Summit was a mix of ice and bare rock until col where unconsolidated snow drifting made it important to stay on previously used trail. Back in the rain forest toward Bond it was obvious we weren't going to dry out. From Bond to Guyot with a detour to W. Bond on soft mushy snow through drippy trees made it pleasant day out. Did I mention it was WET. More of the same to Zealand Summmit where Gary T. broke out the trail from the north was rejoiced with endearment. Down to the hut on a well packed trail through dripping trees, it didn't seem as bad. Either we didn't care anymore or because of night fall it may have been easing up a bit.|
A quick stop at the hut, and the long slog on mostly packed trail to Zealand Road and Rt.302. Did I mention we got WET. Thanks to John G., June R. Steve M. Mike L. Bill S. for a great day out.?????????
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.