|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH|
||Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, March 17, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Easy enough - across the street - plenty to be had. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easy, snow bridges supported me & my pack. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Very good shape, you are walking on a few feet of snow, so be prepared to fend off some branches to the face at higher elevations. |
||No pups seen nor brought. |
|Lost and Found:
||Whew! Glad to have these done as #41, 42, 43 on the W48 list. None chilling cold to start the road walk at negative 9. Switched to snow shoes at the start of the Zealand trail. Ran into two hikers traversing, including Baby Whitney going for her single season W48. Wow! Zero wind all the way up to Zealand, the sign sticking out about a foot from the snow. Excellent views along the twinway, and it appears a new tent platform is in the works near the “view” of the ravine. Awesome spot, if so.|
Off Zealand, made my way to Guyot - also brand new beautiful shelter all to myself. Trail to the shelter was not broken (is now, with a little sliding). Set up camp, and used the last few hours of daylight to tag Mt. Bond and sunset on West Bond. Breathtaking. Entire trip done in snow shoes. Had ice axe/ crampons, but unnecessary. Terrific sunrise from the shelter, looking out towards Carrigain, and Pressies. Very clear view.
All in all, trails were in fantastic shape. Some skied into the hut, but most used snowshoes to keep the trail in check.
Day two was out the same way, passed two hikers all day, one camping, another traversing. Quiet & beautiful day in the Pemi to round out my Winter season.
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.