|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, October 20, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking in Lincoln Woods is spacious with much appreciated facilities. Road into Zealand is filled with potholes, plenty of parking at 6am! |
||Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Many on the Bondcliff trail descent, but easily passable with rock hopping |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Despite the recent storm trails are largely in good condition. Spur trail to Guyot shelter had the most blowdowns. Descent down Bondcliff trail was in great condition! Some floating bog bridges on Twinway but easily passable. |
||Saw two dogs, one hiked the Bond traverse and didn’t look phased at all. Met the other having a grand time on the Lincoln Woods trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Started off with an early morning car spot at Lincoln Woods trail at 5 AM. On the Zealand trail by 6:15. Trail up to hut was slick with frost but morning sunrise was beautiful. Hut was crowded with hikers enjoying the last morning the Zealand hut would be open for full service for the season. Trail to Zeacliff and Zealand summit was relatively uneventful with a few muddy areas and bog bridges that were somewhat submerged. |
Trail from Zealand summit to West Bond was snow covered with large boulders that made the hike slower going. Continued hike through snow and ice covered trails all the way to Mt. Bond. Micro spikes came on at the summit of Guyot and were removed just after Bondcliff summit. Took a brief detour down to Guyot shelter to use the facilities! Lots of blow downs down that trail.
Met many more hikers on the Bond traverse, many were making their way out and back! Skies remained somewhat overcast but the sun poked through every now and then. Views were still spectacular. Long walk out through Lincoln Woods but made good time over the long flat sections of this trail. Long hike at almost 20 miles but totally worth it!
Full blog and pictures to follow.
||New England Librarian |
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.