Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of space at Lincoln Woods and the parking lot across from Zealand Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No problems. All crossings bridged or easy rock hops/walks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Countably few blowdowns here and there, maybe 6-10, you have walk or crawl under (depending on your height and how limber you Herman Munsters have to crawl occasionally). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog. She looked happy. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: May have left some "Trail Buddy" sticks in the LW parking lot. 
Comments: If the conditions this week (Sunday 3/8 onwards) are anything like they were today: go! Zealand Road walk packed snow, bare bootable. The rest of the way was microspikes. All 18.6 miles of it. _Very_ packed powder owing to some serious preceding traffic coupled with daily freeze/thaw cycles. In general snowshoes would have done nothing to pack the trail down further or make your traverse any easier. It was well below freezing the entire day, which maintained the tightly packed conditions. Postholing not an issue unless you stepped off the trail or into an obvious (and infrequent) soft spot. Take the snowshoes however, if only for a ride, as the warmer temps forecast this week will doubtless loosen up the boilerplate as you hike. There were some prodigious posthole fields below the big water crossing (easy rock hop) at 2800'; if it's warm it looks like that will loosen up first just to add to the misery that is the Bondcliff/LW walkout, but if it does then you can do some damage mitigation by wearing the snowshoes you've been schlepping all day.

There's still several feet of snow above 2500' so it's often a bit of a carwash in the wooded sections from Zeacliff all the way through to the Bondcliff descent.  
Name: Muench 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-07 
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