Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Mountain Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: zealand road has patches of crusty snow, ice, and slush, but is not a problem to drive.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all water crossings were ok. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: minimal snow on lincoln woods trail and the former wilderness trail section of bondcliff trail. heading up bondcliff the trail was snow free until the upper crossings of black brook when continuous coverage began. really not more than a few inches on snow up to bondcliff. pretty clear down to the col and then snow with deeper drifts up to bond. roughly 4-6+ inches of snow after that with deeper drifts heading up west bond. same continued to guyot with some of the deepest drifts of the day just above treeline on that peak. the most continually deep snow was between guyot and zealand with an average more like 8-12 inches. past zealand it gradually petered out down to the hut with patches on the zealand trail.
we booted up to bond then donned the snowshoes we had decided to carry until a ways past zealand mountain (pretty much right where we expected they may be useful). i used microspikes after that down to the hut, but cynthia booted it with no problem. snowshoes were not necessary, but sure were nice in some of the areas with fuller snow coverage as well as through the drifted areas.
hard to imagine a nicer day for this traverse. conditions underfoot were a bit slow and tedious at times, but the great views and perfect weather made it more than worth the effort. such a great hike. thanks to cynthia for a nice day.

Name: bryan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-11-03 
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