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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bondcliff Trail crosses over Black Brook several times. Easy rock hops. There is one place where a brook seems to have consumed the trail, and a side trail now exists around it. At the end of the hike (on Lincoln Woods) you'll cross Franconia Brook on a bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 15 foot vertical rock face just below Bondcliff peak on the Lincoln Woods side. Saw some folks who were "handing" their dogs up the face. 
Bugs
Bugs: None - it was snowing. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: On Bondcliff trail, a small gold hoop earring inset with clear stones (diamonds?) 
 
Comments
Comments: 12 miles, 3700 elevation gain. For us it was a 12 hour hike, had the weather been better would have been a bit more with some "peak lingering" to take in the views. Started at Zealand Road at 6am with headlamps. By the time we reached Zealand hut it was snowing a bit. Light snow all day made the trails muddier and slipperier than they already were. The rock scrambles at the Twinway, Bondcliff junction and coming off of Bond toward Bondcliff were extremely slippery (the Bond rocks I'd describe as treacherous, very slow going). The shifting clouds and glimpses of foliage underneath the mist offers a unique view of the Bonds, very beautiful. Its fall/winter in the Whites.  
Name
Name: rlap 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rlap050@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-14 
Link
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