Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty at both lincoln woods and zealand lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lincoln woods was ok to cross over. Once we got to the bondcliff trail there are 2 crossings that i read and asked about. We were still able to rock hop/ice hop. If it gets colder-the better for these crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Well such a long hike-i remember some blow down (where-i can't remember)  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: A dog could yes-would i bring one on this very long and wet hike-no. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing found, nothing lost 
Comments: Well this was an insane hike. Myself, beardo and monkey set off. We were in spikes on lincoln woods and it was nice and hard but not icy on lincoln woods. It was raining when we began and we started at 5am. We swapped to snowshoes on bondcliff trail as the top spring like snow was wrecking our ankles. After the second crossing on bondcliff trail, beardo headed back as he was just not feeling it that day (always another day). Myself ans monkeyheaded on. The rain continued for about 7 miles. It turned to light snow before the peak.

Once we got to bondcliff we noticed the rain for the night before glazed over all the exposed rock above treeline. We triied to keep our snowshoes on but that didn't work. We swapped back to spikes. Wind came over bondcliff ridge to bond pretty good. We lost the trail right before the summit of bond but was able to jump back on it with small amount of pole or boot print that only lightly showed on the side of the trail. We didn't stay long, ans headed down to west bond spur. We dumped our packs and went off. 2 times we lost the trail but with a little searching we were able to find it again. Before we knew it we were on the peak.

We then went back to our packs and headed to guyot. The trees were very tight between the peaks. The sky opened up here and there but when almost to the peak of guyot the sky opened up for the rest of the day. We swapped back to snowshoes bwfore we started to ascend up to zealand as the snow was a little slushy on top. We were at the peak in no time. First time we saw human tracks all day!!!! We thrn headed out. I got to the hut and took off my snowshoes and took a break. I swapped to spikes and got some hot water from the nice caretaker there. Very soon heading down i took the spikes off as i could see a barebooter that was staying on and above the snow and my spikes were balling up due to the warm snow. Soon after that-started to snow again of corse! Finally stopped and got to the road. The road was soft slush which was annoying and then followed some snowmobile tracks. Some bare road here to there but then it was a sheet of ice which made it for some slow going in the last mile out. Well two of us got them done and we are both 2 away from our winter list :)  
Name: Danielle 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-09 
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