|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, North Twin Spur, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, May 31, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Zealand trailhead is a USFS fee area w/privy. Gale River trailhead is large and free, no privy. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hops all. (We met a hiker who had come up North Twin Trail and mentioned a rather tenuous crossing of Little River on a couple of logs.) |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Notable recent trail maintenance on North Twin Spur, and also near the huts there has been blowdown removal (THANK YOU!). Lots of leaners and some blowdowns on Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, and West Bond Spur. No trouble following trails, however. |
||Only bugs we saw were at the very end of our hike at Gale River trailhead - both black flies and mosquitoes. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trails clear of snow up to Zeacliff. From Zeacliff to Guyot treeline is snow covered over 50% of the time, a mix of stable and unstable monorail. Zealand sign is once again over our heads - last visit in early April it was ankle height. Guyot is completely clear. Back in the trees, more snow on Bondcliff Trail and West Bond Spur. From Guyot to South Twin is still solid snow 80-90% of the time; some spots looked to be 4 feet deep. Twinway is a snowbelt, so we were not surprised. North Twin Spur had snow maybe 30% of the time, only on north-facing side. From South Twin to Galehead and out was almost entirely snow free... just a bit near the bottom of S. Twin descent).|
We carried spikes but never felt the need to put them on. Snowshoes may have helped here and there, especially for Fancypants who weighs more - he postholed just a little bit while I floated along - but were not worth carrying.
On the mighty and spectacular Galehead, FP completed his May grid, and I completed my 3rd (and final?) White Mountain grid. Yippee ki yi yippee yay.
||Snowflea & Fancypants |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.