Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: Little River Road, herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Zealand Spur, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Fire Wardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Seven Dwarfs on Little River Rd (lot is on the east side of the road) and left $10 in an envelope on the windshield. Once on Haystack Rd, it's nicely "groomed" from snowmobile traffic ... easy walking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Little River crossing (3rd) on North Twin Tr is basically ice bridged, no issues. Zealand crossings (at Twinway/Lend-A-Hand junction) are also ice bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Various leaners and brushy sections, nothing major. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trail conditions are currently all very dog friendly. Also saw one dog. :) 
Bugs: Snowfleas really whooping it up on Lend-A-Hand 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: All trails in basically great shape, thanks to weekend crews. Trail surfaces are generally a packed base with an inch or two of loose unconsolidated snow atop. Snowshoes were ideal for traction and flotation.

I barebooted from the car until after the main crossing on N Twin Tr, then switched to snowshoes for the climb up N Twin. The snowshoes stayed all the way around the lollipop route until Hale summit. I switched to micros for the descent down Fire Wardens which is well packed but narrow in sections so you have to stay center of the track to avoid postholing. Only section that was maybe sub-par was Twinway between S Twin and the Bondcliff junction (Guyot area)... since last snow it looked like maybe 1-2 snowshoers and a barebooter had been through, it was pretty choppy but workable and I did my best to improve it.

Of note, the area around the Twinway/Bondcliff junction is quite well filled in with snow and wind sheared, it's potentially a no-fall zone at the moment since the surface is quite hard, angled, and very smooth. A slip would have you going for a long ride. Just be cautious and you'll be fine.  
Name: Eric H 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-13 
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