|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, August 5, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lots of parking, but when we left we saw cars parked at least a mile down the road. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All were easy to rock hop. Didn't even get the tops of my feet wet. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots of blow downs, but easy to crawl over and under. |
||Saw a few happy and friendly dogs. There are two technical spots I could see challenging for dogs. One is around mile 6.5 heading up to Bond Cliff and one heading up to Mount Bond. |
||No bugs today since it was 72 and had a bit of a breeze. Perfect hiking weather. |
|Lost and Found:
||Such an amazing trail. We got parking in the lot at 7am and hiked 23 miles total and it took 14 hours. Only needed a headlamp for the last half hour. The bridge, 2 mile mark, is still out. It's been at least 3 years. We rock hoped over to the other side. The first 5 miles is pretty flat. Very muddy around 4th mile. All water crossings were easy to rock hop across. Tip: get your iconic picture on Bond Cliff from both sides of the cliff. |
The ridge over to Mount Bond was breathtaking. You can see your where you are going and where you came. I wouldn't want to hike across it in the rain or storm. The hike up has lots of loose rocks so be careful. Mount Bond is a perfect place for lunch. Going over to West Bond, plan on going down, down, down then up, up, up. There is also a lot of mud. The summit is small, but breathtaking a definite must.
This trail has a little bit of everything; water crossing, hand over hand climbing, mud, bouldering, flats, bridges, views. Reminds me a lot of Franconia Ridge.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.