|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff (attempt), Franconia Falls, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, Franconia Falls Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 8, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty in the Lincoln Woods lot @ 5:30 AM. USFS was checking passes when I returned. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction, Snowshoes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No problems with the lower crossings of Bondcliff Trail. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of duck-unders ascending Bondcliff Trail. No issues otherwise. |
||I saw one descending Bondcliff Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||All trail segments I hiked are well packed and make for easy travel. I used Hillsound spikes and never thought about my snowshoes - beyond the extra weight on my pack. So the trails are in great shape and the sun was out with blue skies...so why an attempt you ask?|
For the three or so hours I was on Lincoln Woods and Bondcliff Trails the wind was howling with tree-bending gusts. I had read multiple forecasts this morning and they were all over the place but based on what I heard and saw while hiking the wind was definitely toward the more extreme of them. I envisioned what it what it was like a couple thousand feet higher above the trees and didn't enjoy the thought.
I realized I did not bring appropriate eye wear nor did I bring shell pants to potentially deal with the high winds. Even if I had this stuff, though, the winds seemed strong enough to knock me around above the trees if I got there.
I did not get a good night's sleep at all so in addition to losing an hour and getting up very early I didn't have much in the tank.
I had intended to go to Bondcliff and possibly beyond but with the combination of these factors - and the desire to not compound them with bad decisions - I decided to make a U-turn about half way up the ascent of Bondcliff and went to Franconia Falls on my way out for lunch - and was very much OK with it. So at the end of the day I didn't hit the home run but did manage to scratch out an infield single. I only saw four others ascending Bondcliff while I was out there so maybe that tried to tell me something. Besides...how many people can say they hiked almost 15 miles to visit Franconia Falls? :) Nice to meet TT out there too. Hopefully the others I ran into made their destinations enjoyably and safely.
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.