Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Herd path, North Twin Trail, bushwhack, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: About a dozen vehicles at Lincoln Woods on arrival at 7:45 a.m. to spot my vehicle; only a couple other vehicles on my return at 6:30 p.m. Six vehicles at end of Little River Road, including a mini-bus at 8:30 a.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snow/ice bridge on Little River crossing barely hanging in there; all others easily rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blow downs, all easy to duck under or step over; most of trails well brushed back 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one large dog with very sad eyes on the switchbacks section of North Twin Trail, with eight young people, perhaps owners of the mini-bus.  
Bugs: N.A. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N.A. 
Comments: As Jeb Bradley noted in earlier post, the traverse does not get any easier, given the conditions right now (he must have hiked via Zealand on Saturday, and not Sunday as listed, I think), as I did not see anyone else on the traverse today, other than one solo female who was hiking out to North Twin and back to Galehead with a Go Pro video camera on her head. Some minor drifting on Twinway between South Twin and Guyot, but still could see MTNRUNR's tracks from his winter solo of Southwest Twin (Trailwrights peak) on Saturday (according to his post on VftT, he hiked via Galehead hut and South Twin). Bond Cliff Trail between Guyot and Bond Cliff was as icy as I have ever seen it in 23 trips, and glad that I had my Microspikes today. No need for snowshoes, unless you like to carry deadweight. Weather was overcast until I got to West Bond, where clouds began to lift. Caught a few rays of sunshine from Bond down. Rock climbed down the fully exposed and iced up "Hillary Step," although others have bushwhacked to the west. Just barely enough breeze to entertain two Ravens over Bond Cliff; they certainly must be in part responsible for humans taking up the sport of wing suit flying.  
Name: HFKA Dr D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-08 
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