Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The North Twin lot was filling but not full at 7:15AM. It overflowed by a fair bit during the day judging by the dozen+ cars parked before the bridge. Lincoln Woods was already ~2/3 full at 6:30AM! It spilled out onto the road during the day (note the no parking zones!). 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We did all 3 crossings on the North Twin Trail since the water is pretty much as low as it possibly could be right now. #1 and #2 (the ones bypassed by the well-known herd path) took a little doing to find rock-hop routes that didn't involve flying leaps onto angled rocks, but we made it across without incident. Crossing #3 was rock-hoppable at the trail crossing, but the big tree that washed out 2 springs ago will be sorely missed :( No issue with the Bondcliff Trail crossings, the upper one was mostly dry but there was audible water underneath so if you need water just check a few yards downstream. The tributary crossing (#3? I forget) was bone-dry. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall the trails are in good shape. The only real issues are some excessively muddy areas on the Bondcliff Trail (yes, despite the dry weather!). In particular are a few spots below crossing #2 that badly need a couple bog bridges to curb the ever-increasingly-wide mud pit. A bog bridge approaching Mt. Bond from the shelter is broken. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very, very little water on this route. After the 3rd crossing 2 miles in on the North Twin Trail until the upper crossing a mile or so below Bondcliff there is no water along the ridge (except at the Guyot shelter). 
Bugs: A few made their presence known in the afternoon while we hung out at Black Brook filtering some water for the hike out. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A tremendous day for a trek over these awesome peaks, and a combo that I've been eyeing for a while. The trails were busy, but not overly so except between Bond and Bondcliff (all were going the other way though). It was likely a very, very full house at the campsite judging by all the backpackers we ran into that were heading in. We spent a wonderful 30-40 minutes atop West Bond, most of that all to ourselves, leaving just before the masses arrived. On the way out we also swung by the old railroad trestle that is still hanging on at Black Brook. I hadn't seen this since 2003, and I barely remembered it, so it was good to get re-acquainted. Thanks to Patrick for coming along on an awesome day.  
Name: madmattd 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-08-28 
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