|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Pemi East Side Trail, Wilderness Trail, Thoreau Falls Trail, Ethan Pond Trail, Zeacliff Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, August 8, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln Woods, wide open at p.m. start will surely fill up this weekend |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All Pemi water crossings were rock-hoppable Weds, by Fri the river was much higher. Some crossings might be tough. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Most wilderness trails were in excellent condition, except for a confusing section near the bottom of Thoreau Falls |
||No doggies on this trip |
||some black flies were swarming while we stopped but not many bites |
|Lost and Found:
||Aqua Bandana at the summit of Bond ||
||Lincoln Woods Trail is closed from Aug 8th for recconstruction,until further notice.|
We hiked into Franconia Brook Tantsite in the night. We followed East Side Pemi trail into the old Wilderness Trail, then North on Thoreau Falls trail to the Falls. These trails were all in surprisingly good shape w/ little or no winter damage to be found. Thoreau Falls was beautiful but the water level seemed very low. after a short hike on Ethan Pond trail we split West on Zeacliff Trail wich is short but very steep climb, no trail issues here. 2nd was spent along Twinway casual camp site. Twinway was in great shape and we met a few thru-hikers there. South on Bondcliff to the tentsite for the "best water in town".
A quick stop on West Bond, sadly no views today but the skies cleared for awhile on Bond and Bondcliff where we spent some time w/ hikers from Saratoga and Burlington. Down Bondcliff trail which was in fine shape making for a very quick descent except for one major washout near the lower part of Black Brook (below the ravine) where you must go slightly upstream to find the trail, a minor delay. Followed Bondcliff (formerly Wilderness trail) along the rail bed to the Franconia Brook crossing back to the tentsite.
Since Lincoln Woods Trail is closed you must cross the East Branch to return to the main lot. The sign says that there are NO river crossings. Luckily the water was low and we managed but by Friday the river was roaring and crossing would've been treacherous at best, so plan ahead !
||Seven Stitches and The Goat |
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.