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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, West Bond, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, Firewardens Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, October 10, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: water crossings were all ok. the upper (3rd) crossing of the little river was interesting. as noted in other posts i found the easiest place to cross to be just up stream of a large blowdown laying across the now single main channel of the river. i bypassed the 2 lower crossings with the herd path, but they certainly could be crossed most likely with wet boots.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: zealand spur sign still down. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: all trails in good shape. removed a few blowdowns along the route and it's pretty much clear now. mud was generally minimal.


biggest thing i noted all day was that the blazing on the west bond spur has been scraped off the trees still leaving very clear scraped blazes (in some cases pretty ugly) in their wake. i always used to joke that it was the best blazed piece of trail in the wilderness, but not anymore. something for people heading up there this winter to keep in mind with regards to route finding.


great day for this loop. winds kept temps pretty cool and made for good hiking. this was my first time on the firewardens trail and i really enjoyed it. some beautiful woods in there. nice day to be out.

 
Name
Name: bryan 
E-Mail
E-Mail: bryancuddihee@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-10-10 
Link
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