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Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, Mt. Bond (West Peak), Mt. Guyot, Zealand Mountain
Lincoln, NH, Bethlehem, NH, Livermore, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Bondcliff Trail near the summit of Bondcliff
Looking up the Bondcliff Trail near the summit of Bondcliff

Route: Lincoln Woods Trail, Wilderness Trail, Bondcliff Trail, (Bondcliff), Bondcliff Trail, (Mt. Bond), Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Trail, (West Bond), West Bond Trail, Bondcliff Trail, Twinway, (Mt. Guyot), Twinway, spur trail, (Zealand Mountain), spur trail, Twinway, Zealand Trail, Zealand Road,

Though it happened to be Christmas Day, it was nonetheless an opportunity to grab the Bonds in relatively nice weather in December. While most other folks were sane enough to stay home and open presents, we decided to do the longest standard 4K hike in the Whites on one of the shortest days of the year.

After spotting a vehicle at the winter Zealand lot, we headed down to Lincoln Woods. Though still dark, we were able to set foot on the Lincoln Woods Trail without needing headlamps. By the time we reached the Osseo Trail junction, daylight was breaking.

Reaching the Bondcliff Trail in an hour and twenty eight minutes, we took a break to prepare for the fairly gradual ascent up the Bondcliff. The water crossings were frozen over, with the exception of the second. The trail was fortunatley well packed. The temperature and winds were both mild, resulting in comfortable travel in shirts.

Nearing treeline, I was surprised and pleased to be experiencing my second undercast in as many days. Reaching the summit of Bondcliff, we had superb views in all directions above an undercast of about 3,000 feet.

As seems to be the case, the Bondcliff Trail was mostly snow-free. Nearing treeline, we switched back over to snowshoes for the climb to Bond. Reaching that summit, we once again had superb undercast views - a great place for lunch.

After dropping our packs at the West Bond Spur junction, we broke out the trail (drifted in) and yet again had great views on West Bond - the forecasted storm was slowly starting to approach from the south, though.

The ascent up the southern peak of Mt. Guyot was pretty slow, as we had to deal with sticky snow balling up on our snowshoes. After enjoying our last summit view of the day, we descended on the Twinway and then reascended, once again on sticky snow, to Zealand Mountain.

Since we wanted to be done sooner rather than later, we opted to skip the standard hut stop and instead went virtually nonestop down the Zealand Trail to Zealand Road. From there, it was a long, monotonous walk out. The sun finally set, requiring us to put on jackets for the first time in about 9 hours. Nonetheless, we were able to make it back to the parking lot without needing headlamps. A December winter Bonds traverse without headlamps - nice!


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Bondcliff
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Bond
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Bond (West Peak)
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Guyot
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Length: Very Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, December 25, 2009
Hike Commenced: 6:25 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,170'
Destination: Bondcliff
Ascent Commenced: 6:28 AM
Summit Reached: 10:13 AM
Time Elapsed: 03:45
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 4,265'
Distance: 9.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,245'
Destination: Mt. Bond
Ascent Commenced: 10:24 AM
Summit Reached: 11:09 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 4,265'
Summit Elevation: 4,698'
Distance: 1.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 718'
Destination: Mt. Bond (West Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 11:26 AM
Summit Reached: 11:53 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:27
Trailhead Elevation: 4,698'
Summit Elevation: 4,540'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 420'
Destination: Mt. Guyot
Ascent Commenced: 11:59 AM
Summit Reached: 12:47 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 4,540'
Summit Elevation: 4,580'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 510'
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:50 PM
Summit Reached: 1:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:37
Trailhead Elevation: 1,170'
Summit Elevation: 4,260'
Vertical Gain: 320'
Hike Ended: 5:01 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 10:36
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,313'


The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead
The Lincoln Woods Trail trailhead

Looking at Mt. Carrigain, Mt. Chocorua, and the Hancocks from near the Bondcliff summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain, Mt. Chocorua, and the Hancocks from near the Bondcliff summit

Looking up the Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Bond
Looking up the Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Bond

Looking over the Garfield Ridge at Mt. Mansfield from Mt. Bond - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Garfield Ridge at Mt. Mansfield from Mt. Bond

The drifted West Bond Spur
The drifted West Bond Spur

Looking at Mt. Carrigain from the West Bond summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Carrigain from the West Bond summit

The Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Guyot
The Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Guyot

Looking at Stairs Mountain from Mt. Guyot - Click to enlarge
Looking at Stairs Mountain from Mt. Guyot

The Twinway on the way to Zealand Mountain
The Twinway on the way to Zealand Mountain

Sandwich Dome as seen through the trees near Zealand Mountain - Click to enlarge
Sandwich Dome as seen through the trees near Zealand Mountain




Directions to trailhead: To get to Lincoln Woods, take Route 112 East from I-93 past Loon to the Lincoln Woods WMNF fee parking area (left side of road). To get to the Zealand parking area in winter (Zealand Road is closed), take US 302 west from Bartlett past Bretton Woods Ski Area. A few minutes after, the Zealand parking lot will be on the right. Zealand Road (gated) is on the left, around the corner.

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