|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 29, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of room at Lincoln Woods of course, and still a fair amount at Zealand. It's nice the road is open, the gravel section is in great shape while the paved portion has pockets of broken asphalt or bumps which slowed us down. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Blue, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hops. We could see ice on branches low on the brooks and so we took care with each step to find an ice free rock but there were no problems otherwise. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There are some small stepover blowdowns on Bondcliff mostly going up to Bondcliff. |
||Cinnilla was great showing no signs of a home injury and just had lots of fun covering way more ground than the rest of us. Pepper also had an easy time on the trails and loved the back rub he got from John. It's a long hike in for some good grub and a good rub, but they both loved it. The ledge just below Bondcliff doesn't seem as tricky as it once was, but some dogs may need a boost. |
|Lost and Found:
||Georg barebooted the whole way, Per and I put microspikes on and off several times. Spikes were the general choice of those we met on the ridge. There is a stretch of ice on Bondcliff going up but not a lot, and there is ice and icy monorail from Bondcliff to Zeacliff, but also bare trail. The monorail was softer in the pm as expected.|
It was gusty up high, particularly on Bondcliff and on S. Guyot. I measured a gust of over 50 mph on S. Guyot before it turned me around and shoved me 10' off the trail. But it wasn't always strong, it wasn't in our faces, and occasionally it was with us, and so on the whole it just added to the adventure. In the woods it wasn't a problem. The vistas were fantastic.
Pepper had favorite companions Georg, Per and Cinnilla for a whole day of hiking. They are so much fun to hike with. We were all lucky to meet up and hike a bit with Jeb & Karen & friends, and then run into John, Gary, Steve, Mike and later Hiker Ed. Sometimes one has to go deep into the wilderness to meet some of the best views, trails and people hiking has to offer and today we found it. Splendid all around.
||Pepper and Me |
||windriversjohn at gmail dot com |
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.