|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Hale Brook Trail, Zealand Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, January 6, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||One car at Lincoln Woods. Ash, midweek hiking! |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy. Starting to ice over nicely. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Thanks to the ax-wielding volunteer who hacked through the mess about halfway down Hale Brook Trail! |
|Lost and Found:
||The Bonds-Zealand-Hale traverse is about the easiest I've ever encountered in calendar winter. Could have barebooted the entire hike this day but opted for micros across Bondcliff. Spectacular day up there--crisp, clear blue skies and views to everywhere. Wind was quite brisk above treeline; crossing Bondcliff was somewhat exciting! Got pushed around but not knocked over. Poles helped.|
Lend-A-Hand was a bit of a slog at day's end, but with conditions this nice, it had to be done! Lots of critter tracks on Hale Brook Trail to entertain. Started by headlamp at 5 am, finished before dark. Incredible alpenglow on Presies as seen thru trees on Zealand Road. Just wow!
Nice running into K and B up there, and no one else.
Huge thanks to Fancypants for the dropoff & pickup. :)
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.