Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Frost Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Beaver Brook XC lot to get up to Galehead Hut. Gale River Loop road opened up on Thursday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor - rockhopping. Switched to water shoes for one crossing on way up to Galehead Hut 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Many blowdowns along the way 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Did not see any but no problems for them. They're light and don't posthole as much! 
Bugs: Surprisingly few. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, South Twin, Galehead (5/19)

Stayed at Galehead Hut Wednesday night and set off for the Bonds on Thursday morning. VERY slow going and lots of postholing wore me out. The round trip from Galehead Hut took 11 hours. Twinway still has 2-4 feet of snow. The first half between South Twin and Guyot was getting pretty soft. (Temps were in the 70's Wednesday & Thursday). The second half was pretty stable and had a wider walking surface. I did not use any traction or snowshoes - did not need to. As things soften up snowshoes might be needed on this section. West Bond Spur is a mess and very slow going here. BUT weather & views were beautiful, especially between Bond & Bondcliff. Stayed at the hut Thursday night and went up Galehead Friday morning. Bagged 5 peaks during my 3 day trip.  
Name: Bad Bear 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-05-21 
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