Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, bushwhack, West Bond Spur, Bondcliff Trail, Abandoned Wilderness Trail, Wilderness Trail, East Side Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings on the Franconia Brook Trail were simple rock hops. Crossing at the former site of the Wilderness Trail suspension bridge was pretty easy, with two hops on submerged rocks about a half foot under water. When the flow is at a normal height there are two places with natural stepping stones, hundred feet up river and hundred feet down river from the trestle foundations that can help get you most of the way across. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Guitar Slide would be difficult for most dogs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Great day out in Hellgate Ravine and climbing up the Guitar Slide. Woods are not too thick in Hellgate Ravine so it's a nice place to roam around if you are comfortable being off trail. We hooked onto an old skidder road uphill from the Hellgate Brook and followed that at times, followed the brook for a little bit too, and then angled our way uphill and intersected the bottom of the slide. Slide itself is a lot of fun but has very loose rocks which can easily be jarred loose and tumble away so use caution. Slab portions of the slide are very grippy and can easily be scrambled, except for the slime parts which are to be avoided, there was very minimal ice on the slab portions too. Views from the slide are unique and awesome. Above the slide the woods are thick until gaining the ridge, from there to the summit of West Bond it's a mixed bag of easy going to thick stuff.

West Bond Spur and Bondlcliff trails have some but not too much snow, I barebooted but old light traction would come in handy too if you feel more comfortable using them.

Great day out with Kyle in the Pemi. Windy but very mild day for mid November, didn't see many hikers out but very happy to run into a few familiar faces in Matt, Patrick, Ian & Marlie doing a Z2B Traverse!  
Name: Chris 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-11-14 
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