Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: Little River Road, herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, Lend-A-Hand Trail, Fire Wardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, February 22, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Seven Dwarfs, $10 on the windshield 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged (by man or snow) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Surprisingly good, only one or two minor step over/under the whole loop. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Snow fleas were out in force in the afternoon! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Perfect weather and trail conditions for this hike! I wore spikes from just after the private bridge to the intersection with Fire Wardens trail, where I switched to snowshoes. There had been less traffic on the North Twin trail, with an inch or two of soft, loose snow on top of a firm base and I prefer the added traction and televators of snowshoes for these conditions. I kept them on over to South Twin where they became mandatory. The Twinway had one (maybe two?) set(s) of tracks coming from Guyot, but was soft, drifted and deep. Thanks to whoever broke it out and more importantly knocked the snow off the trees!! Snowshoes stayed on up and over Bond to the col between Bond and Bondcliff. Bondcliff is wind scoured ice/snow and spikes were more appropriate for this section. Snowshoes went back on at the same point all the way to Hale, where I switched to spikes for the hike down.

All of the trails (except the Twinway between Guyot and S Twin) were fairly well tracked out and reasonably solid. I ran into three other hikers who were all in spikes and weren't churning up the trail too bad. I still prefer snowshoes in these conditions. A word of caution if you're bare booting or using spikes, there's a lot of hidden postholes on the sides, filled in with powder, that are just waiting to twist an ankle.  
Name: Ben 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-23 
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