Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, West Bond, Mt. Bond, Bondcliff, NH
Trails: Zealand Trail, Twinway, Zealand Spur, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Zealand Road is open! Parking lot by trail head is closed due to construction. We had to park in the 2nd parking lot, but there was no fee...for now. So glad we didn't have the extra 3-4 miles road walk! 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable...crossing over the falls just above Zealand Hut may be a little tricky due to water level if you have short legs. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw only one dog, on the 2nd day, running with his owner, happy as can be. 
Bugs: No bug issues at all until we reached the junction with Lincoln Woods Trail (at the bridge)...Lots of mosquitos! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Such a wonderful backpacking trip in the Pemi Wilderness this past weekend! Yes, there were plenty of rain showers and fog, but the temps were relatively warm and winds were low. Zealand trail was in great shape, mostly dry up to the hut. Water crossings were doable as described above. Patches of snow/ice began just below Zeacliff and were intermittent until just beyond the ladder. Soon after, we put on our spikes and kept them on until we reached the junction with Bondcliff Trial (this section was the worst on the entire trip). It's best to use rock/beater spikes, since there are areas that are bare too. Heading down Guyot towards the camp site, we put our spikes back on. There were about 10 hikers staying at the camp site. There's no caretaker there yet, but you still need to pay $15 per night. The spring was running nicely. On Sunday, we dealt with more intermittent unstable monorail along the West Bond Spur, up to Bond, and then down the rocky scramble towards Bondcliff. No more monorail/snow patches from Bondcliff to Lincoln Woods. We were surprisingly delighted that there were no bugs until we reached the Lincoln Woods Trial junction,where there were lots of mosquitos. Overall, a great adventure!  
Name: Heidi 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-05-20 
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