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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 2, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped of at end of gated Zealand Road and picked up at Lincoln Woods. Approx 16 cars upon return 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels elevated but hoppable.2nd crossing above Zealand Hut was no issue with careful long step. The second crossing descending from Bondcliff is the only one still ice and snowbridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape with a few large stepover blowdowns on the last mile of Bondcliff Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today  
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found a telescoping "Hiking Buddy" trekking pole on Mt Bond if it's yours lmk. Lost a Bluetooth speaker somewhere around West Bond. 
 
Comments
Comments: A nice Z Bonds Traverse with mixed conditions. It was a chilly start with moderate winds that died down shortly after Mt Zealand. Snowshowers continued throught the entire hike.I was able to bareboot until a mile before the hut then encountered drifting and approx 2 inches of new powder, which made it tough to follow the monorail. Snowshoes were the most efficient way of travel for me until Bondcliff Trail. Trail had heavy drifting and hadn't seen recent travel so I meandered a bit. Micros on with lots of bare rock and icy spots from Mt Guyot to the point of descending towards the tentsite. The sign for ts is no longer buried but snow levels are still high.Snowshoes went back on for West Bond and Mt Bond,then back to micros until the last 1/2 mile of Lincoln Woods Trail. After descending Mont Bond the trail was snow free but chose to keep micros on for the spotty ice patches. Hillarys Step was no issue today.This part of the hike had seen only about a 1/4 inch of new powder.
The monorail overall is solid throughout with the exception of were it follows active water flow on trail. It was nice chatting with the overnight backpacker as well as the four others heading into the Pemi to enjoy some "spring" camping
 
Name
Name: scottb 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mainebeefman@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-02 
Link
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