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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, West Bond, NH
Trails
Trails: Lincoln Woods Trail, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room at Lincoln Woods lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All of the water crossings were manageable however early in the day a few of the rocks used for "hopping" were coated with ice.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Below Mt. Bond headed toward West Bond Spur trail there is significant blow-down blocking the trail with an easy detour folks have created. A few trees are down across the Wilderness trail that only require step-overs.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: One small dog out today with his winter coat. 
Bugs
Bugs: n/a 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: iPhone 8 below Mt. Bond on the way to West Bond but happily it has been already reunited with its owner :)  
 
Comments
Comments: This fall hike had all of the characteristics of winter in our mountains.

We counted a total of 15 people out on the trail (plus the one dog). Some were headed toward Zealand from LW, some headed to Guyot for the night (counted 5 total) while others came from Zealand heading out at LW.

Our trek was out to West Bond from LW with a reverse route back.

The trails were in a semi-frozen state that helped tremendously with the muck hiding under leaves in the lower sections of Bondcliff Trail (two weeks ago headed to Owl's Head the muck was relentless).

We were blessed with an amazing sunset as we headed back across toward Bondcliff from Mt. Bond. The sun sets REALLY early this time of year folks but when you're prepared for hiking out under the almost full moon this experience matches far few amazing moments in life that pictures will never truly capture.

The sun was intense against the snow in the upper elevations (I didn't apply sunscreen BIG mistake). The wind was most agreeable with only a few moments of any intensity.
Plenty of leaves on the trail in the lower elevation with snow building as you ascend Mt. Bond; 3 ish inches of that beautiful fluffy stuff. There is ice under it so for piece of mind and secure footing we wore our Hillsounds just below Bondcliff over to West Bond removing them for a little while on the bare surface going across Bondcliff.

It was a beautiful day to be in the mountains (so glad we postponed our plans from a week ago when the water levels were exceptionally high and the flow of water intense).

 
Name
Name: Kally Abrams 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kally.abrams@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-11 
Link
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