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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Hale Brook Trail, Zealand Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: One car at Lincoln Woods. Ash, midweek hiking! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy. Starting to ice over nicely.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Thanks to the ax-wielding volunteer who hacked through the mess about halfway down Hale Brook Trail! 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 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. :)
 
Name
Name: Snowflea 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-01-07 
Link
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