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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We had one car at Zealand trailhead and one at Lincoln Woods (~40min drive between the two for carspotting). Main Zealand parking was filled by the time we got there at 9am, but there was room on the backup parking area (a few hundred feet away). Lincoln Woods quite busy, but big. Bring cash for parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings were reasonable and hoppable. Some more slippery than others with water height fluctuations. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Straightforward signage. Went up Zealand trail to Zealand - big steps and spring conditions, well marked but a few patches of ice. Climb to West Bond was a bulk of elevation gain with some icy spots where trees covered sun exposure. A little bit slippery in these areas, but was intermittent so we didn't pull out spikes. Warm weather and melting meant drainage down the trail was consistent - prepare for muddy (but great!) Spring conditions. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't have one, but saw some that seemed happy. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some bugs, nothing crazy. No black flies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Awesome trip. Would recommend going up Zealand and ending on Bondcliff to continue downhill - the Zealand side was steep and icy, so I'm glad we went this way. Down Bondcliff is much more gradual (basically a 10-mile gradual decline) with a fairly clear trail that was friendly for trail running. We saw a few parties struggling to go down Zealand because of the ice on big rocks. West Bond had a lot of coverage from sun going up which meant quite a bit of postholing on warming snow and periodic ice. Have never done this trail before and it became a favorite. While it was pretty hot out, exposure was limited to about 2-3 miles of it, so it wasn't as bad as we anticipated. Would highly recommend this one - views are insane on Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond and Bondcliff. Not too busy on the trails.  
Name
Name: KR&LM 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-24 
Link
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