Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 4, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Road was still open today. A ranger told us it may be closed soon with hunting season over. But it sure helped us today that the road was open. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Lots of Water Crossings today. All rock hopping with good boots except Little River third crossing which is dicey. We used the lower down tree with spikes on balancing against the upper large tree that also is across the river. Definitely a no fall spot. Would have been a tough crossing for a dog 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only a few blowdowns that all were easy to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: See water crossing 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Got an early start and once we managed to get across the Little River we had smooth sailing. Quite a bit of ice climbing North Twin. Some of us wore spikes some did not. Descending North Twin we all spiked up for the steep rocky section just off the summit where there was significant ice. Kept spikes on until after South Twin summit as the Twinway also had some significant ice just off the summit. After that spikes were not necessary.

For the most part the mud was frozen until low on the Bondcliff Trail and Wilderness Trail -- but it was never too bad. Lots of wind on North and South Twin but it relented through the afternoon on the Bonds. We were off Bondcliff at 3pm and used headlamps for the long slog on the Wilderness.

Thanks to Dave, Karen, Ali, Val, Ed, and Mark for a classic Across the Top Day. Could not have been better!!!  
Name: jeb bradley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 
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