|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 10, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln Woods is open (but not the restrooms) and clear |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||With waterproof above-ankle boots, not a problem (I was willing to submerge a couple of inches) |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Just a few blowdowns here and there; all minor |
||Just one (well-behaved); plus my dog |
|Lost and Found:
||Contact me if you lost a traction device - it has to be from the one hiker I came across, since it was not there on my ascent, but was there hours later on my descent ||
||The few inches of snow on the LWT in the morning was all gone by late afternoon. About 1 mile up the Bondcliff Trail after the turn up along Black Brook, snowshoes were helpful; certainly by the time you get to the switchbacks (tricky, with all the "side slabbing"). Only came across one hiker and he barebooted to Bondcliff and back with his dog - he graciously social distanced as we crossed paths. I broke out his boot path with snowshoes.|
Bondcliff is bare; spikes are helpful in the col before Bond, but "nice to have," not "must have." Very windy in between Bondcliff and Bond.
Ascending Bond, snowshoes are needed starting as you hit the scrub pines/spruce. When you see tracks making a sharp right as you hit the scrub trees, follow those tracks and not the ones that go straight! On the ascent, I went straight and then bushwhacked for 0.2 miles to 20 yards north of the summit. Ugh. Don't miss that turn!
I had to totally break trail all the way to West Bond, too. Note that I only stayed on the W. Bond spur for 0.15 miles before I lost it and bushwhacked to the summit. You'll get there in a fairly straight shot if you follow my tracks; no worries. Snowshoes definitely helped minimize energy expenditure up there. I would have posted yesterday, but I got back late. Awesome views; it was clearing as the day wore on. LWT was totally bare, and even mostly dry, on my return.
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.