Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Wilderness Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 31, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at both Lincoln Woods and Gale River. Parked at Lincoln Woods and took a shuttle to Gale River 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on Gale River and Bondcliff all easily crossed though water level was up a bit 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a number of dogs on the trail including a large black Newfoundland that stopped at Galehead hut. On Bondcliff just below Bondcliff summit there is a rock scramble that dogs will need help getting up and down. Only water on the trail is at Galehead hut, Guyot campsite (though you'll need to drop down 250 feet to get it), and in streams quite a ways down Bondcliff below the Bondcliff summit. 
Bugs: A few buzzing around but not biting 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A pair of glasses was left hanging on a tree branch on the lower section of Bondcliff 
Comments: A great day though the forcasted sunny conditions never materilized. My opinion - the Bonds traverse is the best hike in the whites for views especially with south twin thrown in!

There were spots of mud on all trails - Gale River and Twinway just small spots that won't cause any problems. On Boncliff from junction with Twinway to Boncliff a few minor spots. On the lower section on Bondcliff especially after the uppermost stream crossing (heading down) there are more substantial stretches of mud. Stayed at the hut Friday after heading up Gale River and did the traverse Saturday. A lot of people on the trails today. Met two people that were finishing up their NH 48 4K's on the Bonds today. For me it was 44 - West Bond, 45 - Bond, and 46 - Bondcliff with Carrigan and Garfield to go.  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 
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