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Lincoln, NH, Bethlehem, NH, Livermore, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The scramble on the Bondcliff Trail near Bondcliff
While the forecast was pretty bad during the week, it improved dramatically as Sunday approached. After spotting a vehicle at Zealand, we soon arrived at Lincoln Woods in mild temperatures with no precip.
The flat railbed walk was quite boring as usual - and a bit muddy. After checking out the Black Brook Bridge which is being ridiculously removed next year, we headed up the Bondcliff Trail. Generally pretty gradual, the few short steep parts were a workout. Reaching Bondcliff, we had decent views, though things were a bit more cloudy than hoped - and windy!
After heading across the windy ridge, we climbed up to a rime-covered Bond. The views were increasing as the day progressed. After having lunch here, we headed to West Bond and had even better views, with some neat shadows being seen on the side of Bondcliff.
Reaching the southwest peak of Guyot, blue sky was starting to take over, resulting in even better views. Beyond Guyot, my bad knee suddenly became sore - just in time for the roughest section of trail (footing-wise) of the hike. However, after a break on the viewless Zealand Mountain summit, the pain subsided a bit.
Zeacliff provided some great views - the sun set just setting (out of view), resulting in some great cloud and horizon colors. Stubborn, we hiked to the hut without using headlamps - assisted in part by a nearly full moon.
After a hot chocolate break at the self-service-mode hut, we donned our headlamps and walked to the Zealand parking area. A nice day for a Bonds traverse!
The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from near the Bondcliff summit
The Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Bond
Looking at Mt. Carrigain and Mt. Hancock from Mt. Bond
Looking down the Bondcliff Trail on the way to West Bond
Looking at Bondcliff from the West Bond summit
The Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Guyot
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from Mt. Guyot
The rocky Twinway on the way to Zealand Mountain
The lack of views from near the summit of Zealand Mountain
Sunset colors over Mt. Field and Mt. Willey as seen from Zeacliff
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