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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Truman, Mt. Lincoln, Little Haystack Mountain, Mt. Liberty, Mt. Flume, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, Twinway, Garfield Ridge Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail, Osseo Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot empty upon arrival (Friday morning) and mildly crowded upon return (Saturday) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bondcliff Trail has 1-2 water crossings that were rock hop-able but tricky No other significant crossings.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several trails had significant blowdown with tracked out detours. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Lots of dogs spotted on the ridge trails. 
Bugs
Bugs: None! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: PEMI LOOP - Completed May 7, 2022. We did this hike in 2 days 1 night and it was EPIC.

LOGISTICS: We did this loop counterclockwise and thought that was a good decision. This gets the rail trail mostly out of the way early and doubles as a good warmup with a gradual ascent up to the Bonds. We stayed at the Garfield Shelter which had a latrine, water access, and bear boxes.

CONDITIONS: The start and end of this loop have no snow but as soon as you ascend everything that isn't a rocky alpine zone is still covered in snow. Morning snowpack was cold and less prone to post-holing. Things got awfully slushy in the afternoons though. I'd recommend spikes and potentially snowshoes. Wind was minimal on the summits/ridges when we did this loop. Twinway Trail had the worst post-holes.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Garfield Shelter is approx. 1/2 mile from the summit of Garfield so we woke up early to catch a truly amazing sunrise. The huts are also open now so be sure to stop in to Galehead and get a hot drink and say hi!

CHALLENGES: This is a tough hike but very rewarding! Note that there is limited water access (streams) after Garfield summit so prepare for that! Greenleaf Hut is an option but it's definitely a detour. Also, bring several extra dry socks and plastic bags! The slushy snow melted and totally soaked through our waterproof boots!

CONCLUSION: Overall this was very beautiful and an epic hike! Highly recommend!  
Name
Name: Max 
E-Mail
E-Mail: hellermaxj@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-08 
Link
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