|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Zealand Road, Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, January 11, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked in lot on 302 down and across from Zealand road |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings were either bridged or easily rock hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Over the course of the trail there are numerous blow downs, the worst on lower Bondcliff. No problems getting around them or over them |
|Lost and Found:
||Pretty much the perfect day for a Winter Bonds trip. Mid teens, no winds, beautiful changing skies. Trail is completely packed out. There are various sections with drifts but inconsequential. Icy spots are limited and easily negotiated although the ledge just below the summit of Bondcliff was an adventure going down. Opted to go off to the left and come down on the side versus the usual way.|
As usual, the last 3 miles on Lincoln Woods was the worst part- all frozen footprints covered with a light crusty snow. Managed the whole hike without needing headlamps and bare booted the Zealand rd. microspikes the rest of the way. Could have snoshoed from Zealcliff to below Bondcliff but they ended up staying on our backs as the packed trail was great with the microspikes. Of course, with the forecast, all of this will be changing.
Great day out with Scott. Saw 5 other hikes all day- a pair of young men coming from Guyot campsite, another pair of young men on Bondcliff hoping to get near Zealand hut to find a place to camp, and a sole hiker, again a young man, at the West Bond junction, having reached that point from Lincoln Woods, 11 miles into his hike, in 3.5 hours. Nice to see so many young (20 yo) people enjoying the mountains........
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.