Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, South Twin Mountain, Garfield Ridge (East Peak), Garfield Ridge (West Peak), NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Guyot Shelter Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhacks, Franconia Brook Trail, Franconia Falls Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Lincoln Woods in the AM and PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings (surprisingly) were easy hops today. Hooray for dry feet! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple step-overs on Bondcliff Trail. Many step-overs on Franconia Brook Trail, including two new ones with canopy blocking the trail. A couple of nuisance step-overs on Franconia Falls Trail as well.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one all day on Franconia Brook Trail heading toward 13 Falls with its person. 
Bugs: Gnarly mosquitoes in the morning down low, but as I climbed, they got less and less. Basically none above treeline, and at elevation, with the cool temps and winds. Not bad back in the valleys in the afternoon.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A black Under Armor shirt hanging from a tree on the side of Bondcliff Trail between Guyot Shelter Spur and Twinway. 
Comments: Out and about hitting some straggling peaks and trails. Made fantastic time through the Bonds and over South Twin to Galehead Hut, where the pace slowed down for the two whacks. East Peak was easy, and I even managed to follow the faint herd path down from the summit. The West Peak wasn't so much of a cakewalk. I ended up descending to the west of it in search of better woods, when the woods I found on the north side were about as good as it was going to get. What started as open woods on the west turned into jailbar evergreens with many rotten blowdowns and cliff-bands to work over and around. Followed fairly open woods down to the north, where I should have come up in the first place.

A great loop, and a great day to be out!  
Name: Bill Robichaud 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-06-20 
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