Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Friday AM Lincoln woods lot was nearly full, Saturday night there were cars still lined up and down the Kanc from the parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on Gale river and bondcliff all easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Gale river trail - log bridge, second after the relocation rejoins the middle of three logs has broken and fallen; Standard old blowdowns on Bondcliff all stepovers with one large stepover about a mile in from the old trailhead, lots of blowdowns on the section that was the wilderness trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many out today, there is water at the hut, Guyot shelter and then other than a few seeps below bondcliff it is several miles down until the stream crossing (upper crossing was dry)so bring some extra for the canines; met a woman who was heading up Bond who had run out of water and her canine was having a rough time - donated some of our water which seemed to perk the guy right up.  
Bugs: Lots of flies out with a few wanting to bite  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A great day for a crossing of the Bonds - stayed at the hut Friday and then out to Lincoln Woods on Saturday. Lots of sun and clear skies and dozens of friendly people out - looked like Guyot was going to se seriously crowded with all the folks we met heading there.

Trails are all in great shape. Usual muddy spots on Gale river trail but nothing bothersome. There are a couple of deep spots of mud on bodcliff which seem to get wider and deeper each time I visit - stones and logs to help you get across.

Unfortunately the perfect wilderness experience was tainted by the garbage along bondcliff! I can't recall a trail where I saw so much toilet paper strewn along the trailside. My brother and I picked up what we could but there was just too much. There was one very inconsiderate hiker that went to the bathroom trailside between the west bond spur and the Bond summit, left it and the toilet paper on the surface - at least they could have buried it! Also ran across a dozen or more tents in the stretch below the bondcliff upper stream crossing and the old junction with the wilderness trail - all camped out within yards of the trail. I hate to be a stickler for the wilderness rules but can't you at least get out of site of the trail?  
Name: Brian from Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-09-04 
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