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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zeacliff Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods was nearly full at 7 AM. Zealand overflowed down the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable (no ice at these elevations). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Multiple blowdowns on Bondcliff Trail ascent, some with herd paths around them. Tree trunk blowdown on Zealand Trail. Lots of unmitigated erosion throughout. Floating bog bridges near the Zeacliff spur junction. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Lincoln Woods Trail was mostly dry. Wilderness Trail portion of Bondcliff Trail was fairly dry with a few of the usual mudpits.

Bondcliff Trail ascent had some mud in the lower elevations. First sign of ice was at Hillary's Stumble. Black ice in spots from there all the way to the descent off Zealand. Not nearly enough to warrant traction, but enough to heed caution. Chilly coming across the ridge, but not too bad. Near-peak foliage visible in the Pemi.

Twinway had some mud pits, as well as the floating bog bridges near Zeacliff.

Zealand Trail was mostly dry. Nice foliage down here as well.

Perhaps the most crowded Bonds traverse I've ever been on. Bondcliff was busy, as was West Bond. The true summit of Guyot (e.g. the alpine area that is screed off from the Twinway) was filled with people (so much for keeping people out with said scree). Zeacliff was overflowing, with people waiting their turn to get down to the cliff for the views.

Beautiful weather and near peak foliage. Crisp, but nice temperatures.  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21@franklinwebpublishing.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-05 
Link
Link: http://hike.franklinsites.com 
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