|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, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, December 27, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Liam spotted his car at LW and I parked in the lot off 302. Both lots had only one other vehicle when we got there, same number / different vehicles upon return |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Water was higher than normal. Crossings on Hale Brook were fairly easy although the rocks had significant ice coverage. The crossings at the start of the Twinway were more tricky with an unstable ice shelf, we were able to hop across without issue. Black Brook on the lower section of Bondcliff were not totally rock hop-able but feet stayed dry, same with crossings on Lincoln Woods |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some blowdowns along Lend-A-Hand as well as Twinway that could use a saw. Also a few on Bondcliff Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Liam Cooney and I set out today on a North-South H-Z-Bonds traverse to bag some peaks we both needed for December. We both carried snowshoes and crampons, niether would be necessary.|
Early start in light snow, which continued mostly thoughout most of day with a few small breaks in the afternoon. The recent warm weather and refreeze has melted a good amount of base and firmed up the monorails. Bare boots roadwalk up Zealand Rd. which only had a fresh dusting of snow. Spikes went on going up Hale Brook, which had minor ice with a slight monorail staring around 2k ft. Lend-A-Hand appears to of seen less recent traffic but was decently consolidated with no post holes other than a single Moose who was reluctant to use snowshoes. More signifcant ice on the lower Twinway with a deeper , softer base up near Zealand, one could use snowshoes here. Spots of ice and bare rock over Guyot with much more exposed rock between Bond and Bondcliff, could swith between spikes and bare boots for this. Bondcliff Trail also had sections of ice but overall nothing too difficult to manage with just microspikes.
Winds were stronger than expected, especially around 10am as we were approaching Guyot. Only saw a few other hikers the whold day. Overall a great hike with decent trail conversation.
Kyle / 40Miler
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.