|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH|
||Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, Zeacliff Pond Spur, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 30, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One by Zealand hut not a problem, others on Zealand Trail easy too, even flooding by boardwalks better than usual |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Very windy day up high so it kept the visible black flies and summit bees at bay |
|Lost and Found:
||Great day for a solo Zealand/ Bonds out and back! A little warm in the a.m. climbing up to zeacliff view but after that a steady breeze helped cool things off and was gusting 30-40 coming across Guyot and Bondcliff knocking me around a bit. Carried 3.5 liters of water from the hut, since it's the only water source (other than the 300 drop to guyot campsite) and that was a good amount for summer heat for me (only had 4 oz left). Was standing on Bondcliff 4 hrs 30 min into my hike and enjoyed a twenty minute break there with a surprising amount of people (20+). Having no car spot I had to reverse course, and this adds an extra 1500-2000 foot of gain to the day versus the traverse, but just meant I got to enjoy the alpine stretches for a second time!|
Checked out Zeacliff Pond finally, it is very close so if you're interested in redlining be sure to tag it! Ran the 2.8 miles from the hut to road in 36 mins with my not so sleek 17 lb regular hiking pack. 21 miles, somewhere between 5400-6000'gain, 9hr 38 min elapsed.
||John in NH |
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.