|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff (attempt), NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 11, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No one there upon arrival (0600), 5 cars there when I left 12 hrs. later. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hopping and a few now questionable snow bridges. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Significant number of evergreens with heavy powder bent over trail; some cases so bad trail is obscured. Be ready to push through some trees. |
||Don't take your dog. |
|Lost and Found:
||From the Lincoln Woods parking lot and along Lincoln Woods trail is not bad. Mostly monorail, but there is some slippery/breakable snow alongside. A couple more warm days and it will likely all be a mess. |
From the start of Bondcliff to 2,000 ft elev. it's not bad. All bare bootable or snow shoes; I did one on the way there, one on the way back. There are a lot of snow laden evergreens; honestly a fair bit was more like bushwhacking. The trail was difficult to find a few times.
Then at around 2,200 ft. the powder is loose, fresh, and deep. I mean 22" standard with worse drifts. I broke trail for nearly 6 hrs. from 2,200-3,700 with Revo 25"ers. Even with those I was sinking in 10-12". Any trail cut in the side of a slope is a little tricky, and that much powder wants to make you slide sideways. All in all a really rough day. But I know some crazy guy who cut trail to 3,700 ft, so that shouldn't be nearly as bad now. It was decidedly easier going on the way back.
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.