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

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Crossing the pond on the way to the Zealand Hut
Crossing the pond on the way to the Zealand Hut

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

With a rare winter 2011 Bonds opportunity, we decided to give a go. With a crust in the lower elevations, we made the decision to head north to south, as to climb above it as quickly as possible, for as easy as possible trailbreaking.

It was fairly smooth sailing to the hut. Shortly after passing the hut, the tracks ran out and the trailbreaking began. The trail was a little bit tough to follow from Zeacliff to Zealand, however based upon memory and logic, we were able to follow it, while breaking out 6-12" of powder with deeper drifts. Zealand gave its classic late winter view near the summit of the Twins.

Beyond Zealand, the trail was still a bit tough to follow, but we eventually found ourselves on Guyot with superb views. Continuing onward, we headed through the Guyot Campsite col and to the West Bond Spur junction. Eventually reaching West Bond, we had great views once again under blue skies, though there were clouds in every direction in the distance.

Continuing with the trailbreaking, we eventually topped out on Bond, where we had yet again great views. Our trailbreaking finally ended in the Bondcliff col, where we reached bare ground, and then, on the other side of Bondcliff, freshly broken out trail. Though not well packed out due to limited traffic and the crust in the lower elevations, it was nice to be able to go into autopilot mode, rather than trying to trailbreak and trailfind in the dark. Due to the snowpack and previous cold weather, we were able to follow the brookbed down from crossing 4 to crossing 3, saving a little bit of time. The Wilderness and Lincoln Woods trails were tedious at the end of the day, but upon reaching the parking lot, it was nice to know we had made it across the Bonds this winter.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, March 4, 2011
Hike Commenced: 6:44 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,480'
Destination: Zealand Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:12 AM
Summit Reached: 12:10 PM
Time Elapsed: 03:58
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000'
Summit Elevation: 4,260'
Vertical Gain: 2,490'
Destination: Mt. Guyot
Ascent Commenced: 12:19 PM
Summit Reached: 1:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:08
Trailhead Elevation: 4,260'
Summit Elevation: 4,580'
Vertical Gain: 640'
Destination: Mt. Bond (West Peak)
Ascent Commenced: 1:30 PM
Summit Reached: 2:27 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:57
Trailhead Elevation: 4,580'
Summit Elevation: 4,540'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 470'
Destination: Mt. Bond
Ascent Commenced: 2:31 PM
Summit Reached: 3:16 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:45
Trailhead Elevation: 4,540'
Summit Elevation: 4,698'
Distance: 1 mile
Vertical Gain: 448'
Destination: Bondcliff
Ascent Commenced: 3:23 PM
Summit Reached: 4:15 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:52
Trailhead Elevation: 4,698'
Summit Elevation: 4,265'
Distance: 1.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 285'
Hike Ended: 8:07 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 13:23
Hike Vertical Gain: 5,053'


The Zealand Trail trailhead at the end of Zealand Road
The Zealand Trail trailhead at the end of Zealand Road

Looking at the Twins from near the highpoint of Zealand Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Twins from near the highpoint of Zealand Mountain

Drifted snow between Zealand and Guyot
Drifted snow between Zealand and Guyot

The Presidentials as seen from Mt. Guyot - Click to enlarge
The Presidentials as seen from Mt. Guyot

Heading over South Guyot to West Bond on the Bondcliff Trail
Heading over South Guyot to West Bond on the Bondcliff Trail

Looking over the Bondcliff Ridge at Mt. Carrigain from West Bond - Click to enlarge
Looking over the Bondcliff Ridge at Mt. Carrigain from West Bond

Drifted snow between Zealand and Guyot
Looking up the Bondcliff Trail on the way to Mt. Bond

Looking at South Twin from Mt. Bond - Click to enlarge
Looking at South Twin from Mt. Bond

Looking up the Bondcliff Trail at Bondcliff
Looking up the Bondcliff Trail at Bondcliff

Looking Anderson, Lowell, Carrigain, and Hancock from Bondcliff - Click to enlarge
Looking Anderson, Lowell, Carrigain, and Hancock from Bondcliff

Topographic map of Zealand Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Mt. Bond (West Peak), Mt. Bond, Bondcliff - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take US 302 west from Bartlett past Bretton Woods Ski Area. In winter, there is a parking area on the right side of US 302, just prior to the gated and closed Zealand Road. The Zealand WMNF fee parking area and Zealand Trail trailhead are located at the end of Zealand Road.

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