Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Greenleaf Trail, Old Bridle Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 26, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: most easily crossed, some black ice on a few 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: lower section needs some tlc. so much erosion and just a sloppy mess. lots of herd paths to avoid it though.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw two pups today. One going up Twinway seem to be doing fine and the other coming down Garfield. Its icy out there right now. Just make sure your pooch can handle the ice. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost my favorite MSR mug but found it on the way back from N.Twin 
Comments: LWT was a fast frozen walk. Bondcliff trail on the lower sections is just a wet slop. Lots of herd paths to go around it. The step just before Bondcliff was free of ice. Needed spikes from Bond to W.Bond. Some good size ice bulges forming. Micro's didn't have enough bite on some of the ice. Broke my hillsounds on the 24th which would of made this alot easier. From Guyot juction to Twinway was able to bare boot but once back into the trees had to spikes back on. They stayed on from S.Twin to N.Twin. Lots of ice between those two peaks. Going down Twin way to Galehead is always a treat especially with ice. Spikes came off and on for the entire0.8. Frost trail to Galehead was quick. No spikes needed. Frozen ground made navigating around the muck nice..Galehead to Garfield was not a problem. What usually is a river was nothing more than a trickle. Very little ice. Easily navigated around it and didn't wear traction. Going up to Garfield was just patches of ice easily navigated around. Summit was bare. The long stretch to Lafayette was long and icy. Spikes came off and on numerous times. From Skook junction to summit of Lafayette was clear. No ice, no traction needed. Now going to down
Greenleaf to the hut sucked. Ice patches here and there. I may of said a few choice words. The agonies were wet and yes icy as well. More choice words. Once past the Agonies it was smoothe sailing unless you stepped on a wet foot print then it was black ice. After a few slips on those I avoided where everyone had been stepping through out the day. All and all a great 25 mile day. Came up 3 short on my Pemi. Thanks to a great friend who came back and waited for me at the trail head to bring me back to my car. Great day. I will try this one in the summer again. 9 peaks. 11,444 ft elevation gain,17 hours,ssw48 15/48.  
Name: Spooky13 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-12-27 
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