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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels are low, so all crossings on Bondcliff Trail and Zealand Trail easily rock hopped. All four crossings on Bondcliff were flowing on this hike. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Stepover blowdowns on Wilderness and Bondcliff Trails. Not unusual for spring.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Bare trail all the way into the Bondcliff Trail from Lincoln Woods and to just past the first water crossing. Nice to not have to wear traction or fight the ice. From there, light traction (microspikes/Hillsounds) worked great for the ice, rather than rock hopping or hiking on the sides of the trail. Rock spikes recommended for the next few miles or else it will be on/off with the traction as there are both clear and icy sections. Higher up in the staircase section, ice becomes more consistent, but no major bulges. The warm temps kept the ice a bit softer, making it easy to hike with light traction. Bondcliff and up to the scrub on Bond is pretty much ice free, traction not really needed, so we got a break there. From the scrub to just below hut on the Twinway, light traction was perfect. There are a few ice bulges getting closer to the hut, but the ice was so soft they weren't a problem. Zealand Trail is a mix of bare and icy trail, rock spikes might be a good idea here, too. Zealand Road is ice free and mostly dry, nice to have at the end of a long hike.

The weather was super nice for a trek over the Bonds - sunny with light winds and fantastic views! Thanks to Claudette and Kevin for another fun and enjoyable day on the Bonds.  
Name
Name: SBanks 
E-Mail
E-Mail: summersetbanks@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-15 
Link
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