Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of room at Lincoln Woods when I started at 7:10 AM and when I finished at 4:20 PM. Bring $5.00 or a pass like the Annual Interagency Pass 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All of the unbridged crossings had some rocks coated in ice. Otherwise, no issues. Cross carefully 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Intermittent blowdowns on the Bondcliff Trail; about a 50/50 mix of step-overs and duck-unders. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Aside from a few scattered patches of bare, muddy trail, the entire hike was basically on a well-packed sidewalk. Some postholes here and there on the railroad bed portion of the Bondcliff Trail, but they weren't nearly as bad as those mentioned on other NETC reports. I barebooted to the first crossing of Black Brook on the Bondcliff Trail, then switched to light traction and kept it on for the rest of the hike. The snow wasn't very deep below 3,000' or so, but above that elevation it better resembled typical winter depth. Lots of snow on the trees above 3,000' as well. Cold all day today, but the wind speeds were moderate at worst, so the air didn't have a strong bite.

Before today, I hadn't hiked Bond or West Bond in winter, so when I saw the forecast as well as trail conditions on nearby peaks, I decided on a whim to give it a go. Glad I did, as doing this death march hike of a hike in winter ain't easy.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-08 
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