Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Zealand Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 8, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There were spots in the am when we arrived; but on my return the lot and the overflow area was full, cars were squeezed into places not meant for parking, and then cars extended down the road a ways. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Steps or jumps. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duckunder and a couple of leaners on Bonds ridge. There were places where Irene had done some damage on Zealand where the brook jumped into the trail, and on some steep places near Bond and on the West Bond spur. Some waterbars could use a cleaning at various places pretty much all along the route. Zealand spur sign remains loose on a small rock cairn at the intersection. The stupid scree walls have come back a bit in various places but winter will knock them down. There are still a few mud patches past Zealand that have a trail going around them. The beaver dams apparently survived Irene and have flooded bits of the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog needed water up on the ridge trails but with the breeze he didn't really heat up much. Pepper had fun meeting Jed on Bond but there were no other dogs until we were well on our way back and then we met a sledload of huskies heading off to Guyot, and many more dogs after that the whole hike out. All well behaved. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A very nice day for one of our favorite hikes, ZBs out and back. NOAA's forecast of 50 mph winds with 70 mph gusts never materialized. The highest gusts I measured were 27 on the hike out and at Bondcliff, and 37 at the peak between Bond and Guyot on the way back. But usually the wind was much less; in fact it made things comfortable in the woods.

We pretty much had the trails to ourselves on the hike out, but just below West Bond I met Jim and Jackie after they had just finished their final 4K. Congrats! On the hike back we passed/met quite a lot of people but only below the hut did it seem crowded.

Great day for a great hike with a great little dog.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-10-08 
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