|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond (attempt), NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, February 18, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lincoln woods lot plowed. Half a dozen cars at 9am, two at 8pm |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All hopable or snow bridged |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Couple of step overs, few duck unders, nothing major. Mostly plowing thru small branches that wouldn’t be a problem once the snow base is gone. |
|Lost and Found:
||ALMOST lost a coat and glove- anything dropped on the sloping ground took off with lightning speed downhill. ||
||Definitely the toughest winter hike this year (#40 of wtr 48). It didn’t appear that the Bondcliff trail had seen any activity since the last weather event in that area. A very smooth 2-3 inch icy crust covered the trail. The path under the crust was packed but it was tough to follow under the icy glaze, and hard not to slide off the base pack and posthole off to the side of the trail, even with snowshoes.|
The toughest terrain was the very slick and severe side sloping area before the last river crossing (4th) and the mile after the crossing. The trail path was not easily discernible under the smooth icy layer. Gingerly walking in snowshoes (45 deg angle)could keep you on the crust layer, but a wrong step would land you in deep snow. Body imprints will clearly show where not to step.
On the brighter side, no wind, moderate temp for late Feb and the view from Bondcliff outstanding!
||TicTacMan and Patches |
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.