|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH|
||Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, August 6, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty @ Lincoln Woods @ 5:30 AM and 4 PM. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The first and second crossings of Black Brook were easily rock hopped. The third and fourth crossings are dry - though some running water could be heard at the uplook just below #4. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Quite a few 'easy overs' found on the lower sections of the Bondcliff Trail. |
||One coming up to Bondcliff as I was descending. A couple of others on Lincoln Woods Trail. |
||Near zero. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lincoln Woods Trail had a couple spots of mud. Some lower areas of Bondcliff Trail had more significant mud. Other than this trails are by and large in good shape.|
I rode my bike to the bridge***, locked it up and started my hike - so I guess technically I did hike Lincoln Woods Trail...albeit for about 50 yards :) The entire ascent up to and onto the ridge was windy, cloudy and cool. Once on Bondcliff views were minimal and then on Bond they were non-existent. However once I got to West Bond the clouds started to lift and some views were finally had so I parked it there for a solitary 30 minute lunch. Back on Bond and onto Bondcliff clouds got higher and fewer, though it was still pretty windy making it difficult to keep a steady hand for pics. Biking back to the lot was a breeze - made possible in part to a relatively small amount of people walking on it.
Not a lot of people on the Bonds today: I probably saw 15 or so hikers and about a dozen trail runners. I shared Bondcliff with 3 or 4 folks on both passes but had West Bond and Bond (twice) to myself. I guess the 'bad' weather kept people away...and for that I am thankful.
***Yes, I know: riding my bike doesn't 'count' as I got reminded today. To this I replied it depends on what you're counting - I just count this as a fun bike/hike to a beautiful and remote ridge. Can't someone simply enjoy the mountains without it 'counting' towards something???
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.