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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 24, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There is no sign for Haystack Road. To find it you will drive by the Galehead River sign, then a Picnic area sign. After the Picnic sign, just keep an eye out for a double hiker sign. You will know you are in the right place if you find yourself driving on an endlessly long, narrow, well-maintained, dirt road :). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There were three major water crossings on the North Twin Trail, the first two were a little tricky, but I was able to get across without getting my toes wet. The 3rd water crossing was an easy rock hop. I was told there is a Herd path that follows along side the Little River on the East side for a little over 2 + miles and then crosses the river at the 3rd crossing where the trail to North Twin is. It's a well worn path now. There are several water crossings on the Lincoln Woods trail but none will give you any problems at this time.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a new blowdown on the Bondcliff Trail at about 2100 ft elevation. It is completely blocking the trail. It may be confusing to hikers. Coming down this section of the Bondcliff Trail the trail changes from wide to very narrow. When you see a tree blocking the trail, your first thought is you missed a turnoff.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: If your dog can do the mileage, it can do the hike. I saw a beautiful pitbull fly up a ledge (coming down from Bondcliff Trail) that some people would have a difficult time with!  
Bugs
Bugs: Bugs... well there were none until we got to Zealand, then they followed us to West Bond, then they left us alone until we started heading down the Bondcliff trail. They continued to follow us all the way to Lincoln Woods! Not as voracious as they were last week on Isolation, but I still wore a bug net for the last several miles of the hike! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There was a black belt the lower Bondcliff Trail, I hung it in plain sight on the side of the trail. I also found a lovely, broken turquoise (not real) beaded bracelet. I believe it belongs to one of the kids that had camped on South Twin.  
 
Comments
Comments: Our route: traverse with a car on each end. North Twin Trail (North Twin), North Twin Spur (South Twin), Twinway (to Guyot Campsite to claim a spot in the shelter), Twinway (back to Mt. Guyot & Zealand Mountain), Twinway (to West Bond), back to the shelter for the night. Next day, Bondcliff Trail (to Mount Bond for breakfast, and Bondcliff), Bondcliff Trail to Lincoln Woods Trail. I am very glad I planned the hike this way. Once you get to Bondcliff it's easy sailing all the way back.

* If you are planning on staying at the Guyot campsite during a weekend night, definitely get there early.
* Don't plan on the spring being available. It is a very small spring and in dry weather it won't be a water option.
* Bring earplugs if you plan on staying in the shelter. Stay on the top level and get one of the corners (so you only have a person on one side of you).
* Add North & South Twin to your hike. It's longer but North Twin Spur and this section of the Twinway are moderate level trails and relatively easy hiking.
* The Twinway to Zealand Mountain is one bouldery bugger!

43 down - 5 left. It's starting to feel like the end of a great book, you want to finish it, but you don't want it to end......
 
Name
Name: solowoodlandwanderer 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bugsandthings@comcast.net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-06-26 
Link
Link: http://www.facebook.com/roberta.m.dellanno/media_set?set=a.10208713612870809.1073742209.1626231855&type=3&pnref=story 
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