Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Hale, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Little River Road, herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, herd path, Fire Wardens Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Seven Dwarfs and put $10 in envelope in mailbox. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy to cross. Ice Bridge on water crossing Little River was still in tact at 7pm, but was postholed. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Deep snow up high - there's lots of walking in the branches. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trails are great for dogs, but no water from just above the Zealand Falls hut until about 2000' elevation on North Twin Trail 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Had a beautiful day for this hike. The wind was a little strong in the open areas on Guyot and South Twin, but manageable. I bare booted to the start of North Twin Trail and then used micros up until about 3000' feet on Fire Wardens when I started breaking through the crust. I put on snowshoes there and they stayed on until I got back to the driveway (but not necessary for the whole time - just didn't feel like changing). I broke Lend-a-Hand all the way to Twinway. It was nice! The best part of the day. Twinway up to Zeacliff looked pretty chewed up from folks going up on Saturday, but was a solid mess. From Zeacliff to the intersection with Bondcliff Trail was a postholed mess. Looks like 2 guys went out and back to Zealand (so half of my smoothing is destroyed and hopefully they didn't see my tracks on Lend-a-Hand and decide to go to Hale) and a snowshoer and bare booter went on to Guyot and Bondcliff trail. The snow from Zeacliff to Guyot was deep and crust covered (and now postholed). I couldn't even tell that another snowshoer was out there until I got to Zealand. Then each and every one of his steps were postholed (1' to 2' deep) over to Guyot. I could see that the leading snowshoer was only sinking 1 to 2 inches. Due to the postholing undermining the snow I was sinking as badly as the postholer. I was glad to finally get to Guyot and broke Twinway to South Twin. This section was very hard to follow and I had a hiccup on the small rise about halfway across - sorry about that. I would recommend snowshoes all the way from Zeacliff to the Little River water crossing on NT Trail. Also, it is supposed to be warm this week and everything should soften up.  
Name: Tomats 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-03 
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