Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin, North Twin, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Zealand Summit Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, October 8, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: water crossings were not a problem. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: wet trail and woods down low. mud and standing water common. the new section of the gale river trail was continuously muddy. shortly after rejoining the old route snow began to appear in the trees. from this point on there were increasing amounts of snow in the trees and in the woods, but little on the footbed of the trails. wet trail was the theme from here on out though the north twin spur stood out with lots of mud and large standing puddles of water. probably the most mud today that i've seen in the whites all this year. some ice around the summit of south twin. smooth sailing to bond and west bond then wet on the twinway down to zealand with some snow on bog bridging up high. back to snow free fall hiking down low.

we brought microspikes along just in case, but did not need them.

an interesting day up high. original plan included bondcliff, but some slow trail conditions and a lack of daylight had us modifying. cold high, but pretty quiet and still until guyot where we got some wind. the woods were beautiful covered with fresh snow. some dramatic views once over to guyot and on west bond/bond as clouds were parting and lifting. the contrast of color in the trees with frosty white summits was very cool. from the bondcliff/twinway junction the views of the open summit of guyot looked just like winter. thanks to cynthia for a nice hike.
Name: bryan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-10-08 
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