|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Zealand Road, Hale Brook Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, bushwhack, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 21, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Zealand Road is bare bootable to Hale Brook. Lincoln Woods is ice free! |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings, with the exception of One Mile Brook (1 mile from Wilderness Bridge) where bridged and crossabble or hoppable with ease. Down low, specifically on the section from Camp 16 to Black Brook on Bondcliff Trail, are rotting. One Mile Brook is crossable with care. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Several minor blowdowns along most if not all trails - nothing that spring cleanup will fix. Looks like there was a windstorm in the last 2 weeks that brought down some new stuff |
|Lost and Found:
||Amazing day to be outside! Caught the sunset from Bondcliff! :D Zealand Road is plowed and down to ice patches and bare pavement. Spikes went on at Hale Brook to the first switchback, then snowshoes went on till Bond. The sidehill section is nicely ledged but does require some care. Ran into a couple on the summit of hale - the only folks we saw all day.|
Starting down Lend-A-Hand, the trails got soft and it looked like a pair of trail runners where infront of us. The trails are mildly/moderately postholed by this pair from Lend-A-Hand to the Lincoln Woods Parking lot. (it was 60 and raining yesterday....)
Crossing above the hut is still very fat ice at this time and very easy. Stunning views from Zeacliff.
In the area of above treeline for Guyot, its boney and with a combo of blue and breakable ice, but if it gets cold it will likely turn to bullet proof, and if it rains again, it might be gone! Same goes for Bond to Bondcliff, we used spikes for that section. West Bond is nicely broke, and the way out from Bondcliff to Camp 16 was froze up by the time we got there.
||The Teal Goat, J&J |
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.