|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, NH|
||Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, January 10, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked in designated lot off NH 302, approx 0.2 miles from Zealand Rd. Zealand Rd is gated for the winter. |
||Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The two bigger ones above the hut are ice bridged |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Faded blue infrequent blazes on Zealand. A few blowdowns on Bondcliff trail. |
||No issues for dogs on these trails |
|Lost and Found:
||Sunglasses on signpost at junction just before hut. ||
||This was an arduous hike due to the solo trail breaking effort required past the hut. One person had traversed the Bonds in snowshoes as recently as yesterday, but the prints had filled with 2-3 inches of new snow or had been seriously drifted in by wind blown snow. Then the rain and warm temps came making the snow wet, sticky and very heavy forcing a second trail breaking effort on the return trip.|
Even with winds and low visibility I was able to get across the short exposed section from Guyot to the scrub moving towards West Bond without issue. There is some snow between the rocks above tree line with a bit of ice. Snowshoes remained the appropriate footwear.
Of note, I saw no blazes on Bondcliff trail. The trail corridor on Bondcliff trail is visible at present snow levels. Carins mark the summits of West Bond and Mount Bond. Twinway is the AT and is well blazed in white.
I saw no other persons out today, but someone(s) at least had travelled to the hut and road walked on Zealand.
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.