Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Fire Warden's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 30, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There was plenty of parking at North Twin Trailhead on Friday at 8 but on Saturday when we got back there were cars parked along the side of the road for almost a mile.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The water crossings on North Twin Trail were rock hopable (for long legs) but the water was ripping past you and it definitely felt sketchy. There were not a lot of good crossing options either. It wasn't until the second crossing that we realized there was a herd path the skipped the first two crossings of the river. However, part of that path has been washed out forcing you walk along the river bed.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was an epic traverse. Friday was wet and rainy. The river crossings on the North Twin Trail were not something I would want to redo but I don't think the water levels are going to go down much either. The trails were extremely muddy for both Friday and Saturday. Most of it is avoidable by using rocks but not all of it. Some of it will dry but there were sections where my pole went into the mud 2-3 feet and those sections will be muddy until they freeze for winter. Stayed at Guyot campsite which was surprisingly quiet and we were able to get a platform to ourselves (we were guessing the weather kept people home). The weather cleared up for us to get up to Mt. Bond and Bondcliff for spectacular views and the summit to ourselves. The wind on Bondcliff was brutal. At times it was hard to walk forward because the wind was so strong. Going over Guyot on Saturday morning was a similar experience. We started seeing a lot more people on our way from Guyot to Zealand, Zeacliff, and the hut. We took Lend-A-Hand trail over to Hale from the Hut and the trail was in good condition (with similar mud patches as all the other trails). We took the Fire Warden's Trail down from Hale back to the parking area and although it says it is not managed, it is evident that there is management through the removal of downed trees. Overall, epic two days out in the white mountains in which we bagged 7 of the 48.  
Name: Liza 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-05 
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