Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Guyot Shelter Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln Woods was 1/4 full on Wednesday and 3/4 full on Saturday 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The 4th crossing that is normally dry is a squishy shoe rock hop as is the lower 3 on Bondcliff Trail. Crossings on other trails are below. The north fork crossing where the bridge was on Thoreau Falls Trail is a mid thigh wade. Thoreau Falls is an impassible crossing, mid thigh after whacking 1/10mi upstream. Stillwater junction is a mid shin wade. Carrigain branch 2/10 west on wilderness trail was a tricky rock hop as were the 2 crossings on shoal pond trail 0.8 and 1.4 north of stillwater. Crossing at the start of Desolation trail is an easy rock hop. Crossing above Zealand hut was an ankle/low shin wade 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Pemi East Side Trail from the campsite to the cedar brook jct and the section of wilderness trail from that jct to where the old trail section crossed the river has several blowdowns outside of the wilderness policies. A hand saw should reduce them from walk arounds to walk over/unders 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Many happy pups out. With hot temps make sure to bring extra water for them 
Bugs: Still a bit slow and few in numbers. Buzzy but not biting yet 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A shirt hanging on a branch above the 2nd major river crossing on Bondcliff Trail 
Comments: Full route for a 4 day trip around the Pemi. Wednesday was East Side Trail to Wilderness Trail to Stillwater Junction, did a 1 1/4 mile chad on the bottom of Shoal Pond Trail, camp at impact site near the bottom of Desolation Thursday was Carrigain oab on Desolation Trail then Wilderness Trail to Thoreau Falls Trail with a short bushwhack to Ethan Pond Trail as the crossing atop the falls is impassable and Ethan Pond Trail to the big impact site before the Zealand Hut FPA zone. Friday was Twinway to Zealand summit to Bondcliff Trail to Guyot Shelter. Today was West Bond Spur and out over Bonds to the car. Above 3500' on Desolation Trail and Twinway and Bondcliff Trail north of Bond summit was a sad, sad mess of monorail that is stuck in some middle form of decay where it appears stable from above but often collapses resulting in sliding off and postholing knee to thigh deep, could be crotch deep if not 6' 2 like myself. Areas with sun exposure were posthole every 10 steps at best, areas in the shade were better with stretches of 30-50+ steps without postholing, some quality May records. Enough of my gridiot friends did it yesterday/today to hopefully reduce the posthole count per person a little.
A group of 3 guys came up over Bondcliff Friday night with snowshoes and cleaned up north of Bond summit and the West Bond spur. Made it tolerable this morning instead of the torturous mess it was yesterday. They were headed down to Galehead Hut and then either 13 Falls Tentsite or Garfield Shelter. Even with them plus the snowshoe track of Britty cent the other day, South Twin to Guyot will likely be type 3 fun suck level in the coming days.  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-14 
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