|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||North Twin Trail, Firewardens Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Bondcliff Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 16, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Haystack Road closed. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings were fine |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Appeared we were the first people in from 7 Dwarves, following old trough with a few inches of powder until we hit the summer parking. From there it was lighter snow in the trees. The FWT was in great shape, though no skiers in the AM, again we had a nice old trough with good footing. We descending Lend a Hand, which hadn't seen activity in quite some time. We saw sporadic old snowshoe tracks a few times, but the top 2 miles were largely untouched. The last half mile had some good traffic up from the hut. |
We stopped at the hut for lunch and tried to get a feel for what laid ahead. One person to Zealand, nothing known beyond that. Fantastic.
Twinway up to Zeacliff is packed out, beyond that had 1 set of tracks, but saw at least 7 people yesterday so should be soft but managable. We ran into Silverfox and Val just below Zealand's summit and followed their tracks the rest of the way, which saved us untold time and energy. From Zealand to Bond, including W Bond was soft but taking shape.
Bond/Bondcliff col was incredibly bony after coming out of the trees and I switched to micros while the others continued on snow shoes over Bondcliff. The ledge was easy and the side slope part shorty after was a bit loose and chewed up. After we hit the steep section between the top crossing and dry crossing it was smooth sailing.
We bare booted from the old Bondcliff trail head to LW parking lot, sorry skiers
||Mike Morse |
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.