Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Herd path, North Twin Trail, Firewardens Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Always room at the end of Little River Road 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The Little River crossing was no problem. Water levels not high yet. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Jack and Andy did well today though this was a big hike for them now as they are both about to turn 9. There certainly was ample water for drinking! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: There was a little of everything today including precipitation; rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. When any of this wasn't falling I was hit with the snow falling off the branches. I was soaking wet and cold all day. No complaints though. Hit the snow line 1/2 way up the Firewardens trail. From there it was a combination of micro-spikes and snowshoes all day. And lots of switching. The Lend-A-Hand trail was still soft and snowshoes were required. The Twinway was much more consolidated and spikes worked well on a stable monorail for most of the distance. The Bondcliff trail had not seen much activity of late. It did have a stable monorail however. Opted to turn around on Bond and save Bondcliff for another day as it was freezing rain and I was soaked and concerned about spending an hour crossing the alpine. COLD! WET! The Twinway from the Bondcliff junction to South Twin was untracked today. Got to practice my trail corridor skills. There is no monorail yet either. Snowshoes worked well. Still lots of snow in this section. After North Twin the trail is a mess. I tried snowshoes for a way but after almost breaking a leg switched to spikes. The monorail is narrow, badly postholed the whole way and more unstable the further you get down. I really took my time on this section to avoid a problem. Trail was bare beginning right around the river crossing. Not the best hike for views from the Bonds (there were no views) but good to be out there nonetheless. I saw no other hikers today. (379/576)  
Name: RJW & dogs 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-04-27 
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