Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 30, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lincoln woods and the winter Zealand lot are in good condition. Very little ground cover at all.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were manageable today though crossing the falls just above Zealand hut was…interesting.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blow downs to go under or hop over on this trip and none at a convenient height for anyone from 5’ to 5’10”.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I wouldn’t until the snow firms up again. It’s gonna ball up in their fur and pads.  
Bugs: Saw a few VERY confused bugs wandering around and went through a number of spider webs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: This rivaled our March Bonds Traverse from a few years ago in sheer craptasticness. Bare booted Lincoln woods to a good ways past the turn left to head up Bondcliff. At the point snowshoes went on and were moderately helpful to the summit. Just after the summit of a Bondcliff we switched to spikes for about 3 tenths of a mile then back to snowshoes after postholing to mid thigh several times. They stayed on to about halfway down Zealand rd. About halfway up Bond the temperatures caught up to us and the trail was a sloppy mess from there on. I would still opt for the snowshoes as the snow was quite deep, but we were still postholing. West Bond was more of the same. Met 1 other hike on W Bond going opposite direction and he alerted us to the nightmare that was Zealand. About half a mile from Zealand it was a postholed mess pretty much to the hut. I will never understand why anyone would want to do that much work for that long, but I do, secretly, wish them an intensely bad day. That made for an even harder finale to our day. Stopped in the hut for some water and a quick sit then attempted to spike out, but, once again, put out snowshoes back on. Asked a couple about the rd and they had absolutely no idea what they were talking about, but were quite nice. About 14 hours of nonstop grueling, but had a good time nonetheless with my biffle and Buffle. We crazy.  
Name: Monkey 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-31 
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