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Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the logging road on the way to Bond Mountain
Route: Unknown woods road, unknown trail, bushwhack, (Bond Mountain), bushwhack, unknown trail, unknown woods road
With unstable weather in the area and plenty of snow remaining in the higher peaks, I opted to head south and check out some western Maine mountains.
Parking at the water spring dirt parking lot, I proceeded with some black flies up the logging road, past an active logging landing, and eventually around a hairpin turn. Shortly after this left turn, I saw a cairn-marked footpath on the left. Following this, I reached a small crag and, just beyond it, a halfway decent easterly viewpoint. While the trail appeared to end here, I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn't at the summit. Sure enough, bushwhacking southwest (and crossing over logging roads of various vintages), I eventually reached the somewhat open summit. Surrounding it were some nice ledges looking northwest, west, and south. While incoming rain clouds obscured views a bit, I could still easily see Chocorua and some Presidentials in the distance.
Not wanting to get lost in a maze of logging roads, I opted to generally follow my bushwhack back to the lesser viewpoint, at which point I followed the trail and logging road back to the parking lot.
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The gated logging road that ascends the east side of Bond Mountain
Flowers near the Bond Mountain Spring
Looking northwest at Mt. Chocorua and Green Mountain from near the Bond Mountain summit
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 110 East from West Newfield. At the end of Route 110, take a right onto Route 11. After a somewhat gradual right curve, there will be a piped spring and dirt parking area on the right side of the road. The logging road starts behind the bronze gate next to the parking area.
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