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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 26, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot not close to being filled on arrival or departure. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock steps and hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails clear and mostly wide. Beavers are flooding small parts of Zealand trail but it can be sidestepped. Some new trail work on the Twinway including a new ladder to replace the old rotting one with missing steps. A fair amount of water and a few areas of mud in the Twinway between Zeacliff and the Zealand Mtn spur due to recent rains. The spur has some mud too. The hike out Zealand is always nice with its mostly clear and flat footpath. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog had a good workout today. The sun was warm on his dark fur in the open, but with stops, water & head dousing he had no problems. Bring water; the seeps were small after the streams near the hut, and there were almost none after Zealand with some warm small pools on Bondcliff. We met one other dog, what appeared to be a black standard poodle.  
Bugs
Bugs: A few scattered black flies on Bondcliff.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was another fun Zealand Bonds out and back from Zealnd before Irene, as the Weather Channel tells us ad nauseum, changes our lives forever.

It was mostly in the fog out to West Bond, and after that almost all sun. Iím sure Pepper would have liked some cloud shade on the hike back up Bond but there was a breeze, temps werenít too bad and he got a head dousing too. We got to meet two other Ashland B&V hikers, Karen and Grumpy Gran who were doing a traverse south to north in a group of 3 and wearing the most colorful gaiters Iíve seen. We took a long (for us) leisurely lunch on Bondcliff admiring the views and then for a bonus we had a nice chat with two other hikers also doing the ZBOB. What a pleasant day!  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-08-26 
Link
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