Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks West Bond V-Guitar Slide, NH
Trails: LIncoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, bushwhack, herd paths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: got one of the last parking spots at 7:30am today - lot was full in the afternoon despite the rain 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all crossings easy but rocks were quite greasy - water is relatively low but NOT dry - lots of marshy/mossy/wet spots and slippery puddles along Hellgate Brook 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: no issues - axe-work evident along Franconia Brook Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: many off-leash dogs on Lincoln Woods Trail - and people not paying attention to anyone on a bike 
Bugs: lots of spider webs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing - thankfully!!!! 
Comments: Another fun trip to Hellgate Brook!!! :) I biked to the wilderness boundary.

This time I tried to find the skidder road on the south side of Hellgate Brook but could NOT, BUT, I did find the mini flume I've found before. Then, I switched to north side of brook - found and lost major skid roads on the ascent - had more trouble finding them on the descent. This time I took the foot of the V-Guitar Slide which I had located previously but not explored. I've been up the slide just east of this one - the east slide is narrower and, I think, steeper/scarier. This slide was quite nice. I believe I got on the left base fork, which required a kind of scary crossover about halfway up when the views really opened up. I generally kept as far to the right (east side) of the slide as possible. It takes a bit to get used to the footing - medium-sized rocks were best.

I beat the rain until I had reached the trail again, and it was a pretty fast jog back to my bike, but, a cold and wet bike ride back to my car.

Terrific day up there!!! NOTE: I only went to 3600' though I know the slide does continue above that - I did not want to push through the firs and I didn't like the left side of the slide which was a large slab, so, I ate lunch at the 3600' and turned around there.  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-10-07 
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