|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||West Bond V-Guitar Slide, NH|
||LIncoln Woods Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, bushwhack, herd paths|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, October 7, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||got one of the last parking spots at 7:30am today - lot was full in the afternoon despite the rain |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||all crossings easy but rocks were quite greasy - water is relatively low but NOT dry - lots of marshy/mossy/wet spots and slippery puddles along Hellgate Brook |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||no issues - axe-work evident along Franconia Brook Trail |
||many off-leash dogs on Lincoln Woods Trail - and people not paying attention to anyone on a bike |
||lots of spider webs |
|Lost and Found:
||nothing - thankfully!!!! ||
||Another fun trip to Hellgate Brook!!! :) I biked to the wilderness boundary. |
This time I tried to find the skidder road on the south side of Hellgate Brook but could NOT, BUT, I did find the mini flume I've found before. Then, I switched to north side of brook - found and lost major skid roads on the ascent - had more trouble finding them on the descent. This time I took the foot of the V-Guitar Slide which I had located previously but not explored. I've been up the slide just east of this one - the east slide is narrower and, I think, steeper/scarier. This slide was quite nice. I believe I got on the left base fork, which required a kind of scary crossover about halfway up when the views really opened up. I generally kept as far to the right (east side) of the slide as possible. It takes a bit to get used to the footing - medium-sized rocks were best.
I beat the rain until I had reached the trail again, and it was a pretty fast jog back to my bike, but, a cold and wet bike ride back to my car.
Terrific day up there!!! NOTE: I only went to 3600' though I know the slide does continue above that - I did not want to push through the firs and I didn't like the left side of the slide which was a large slab, so, I ate lunch at the 3600' and turned around there.
||Becca Munroe |
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.