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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Summit Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 3, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking at Zealand but also lots of cars and several busses 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels were up but all crossings were still relatively easy. Someone has placed a log across the second crossing of Whitewall Brook above Zealand Hut to make crossing a bit easier.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two blowdowns on Twinway - one right before Zealand spur easily ducked under but a few branches do hang down into the trail that will need to be trimmed, one right after Zealand spur easily stepped over, one blowdown on West Bond Spur easily ducked under. Beaver activity is causing a lot of water to accumulate on Zealand trail. There is a short stretch right before the first long bridge (the one that zig-zags) where there was water several inches deep with most people beginning to wear a path up on the side of the trail. This bridge is also starting to lean a bit to one side. One very old bog bridge on Twinway where one side has come loose from its mounting, I stepped on one end and the other flipped up in the air. The newer bog bridges along stretch with Zeacliff outlook are actually starting to sink a bit into the mud. The ladder on Twinway is missing three of its rungs so watch you step getting up and down. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a number out today on the Bondcliff trail 
Bugs
Bugs: None! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A great day to be out - third time was a charm for me on Bond with clear and sunny skies, nice temperatures and no wind to speak of. Decided to approach Bond from the Zealand side this time. Met a gentleman who finished up his 48 on West Bond - Congrats! The trails were definitely showing the effects of the latest rain storm. All trails had mud and lots of it - some of it quite deep - mostly you could get across on rocks or branches if you kept a lookout, but there were stretches where you basically had to plow through. A number of stretches on all trails with water on the trail. A lot of running water on the Twinway heading up to Zeacliff. Stretches of running water on Zealand as well. Bondcliff had a few spots of standing water. Rocks were generally wet in stretches under tree cover but not too slick. I was happy to see the scree wall on top of Mount Bond brought down to a more manageable and aesthetic level.  
Name
Name: Brian from Maine 
E-Mail
E-Mail: brobert1@maine.rr.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-10-03 
Link
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