Bondcliff, Bondcliff, West Bond, Bond and Zealand in 1 Day

Christie Turnbow
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Trail Distance: 20 MilesElevation Gain : 4850′
Terrain Rating: Moderate
Hike in: 7:40 AM
Hike out: 7:30PM

Trailhead: Just before the end of Route 302. You can find Google Maps here.

The AMC Hiking and Backpacking Committee co-led a hike on July 3rd. The hike was fast-paced and we managed to keep a pace of 2mi/hr. We finished the hike in 75% time. It is one of the most difficult places to reach, so it was great to have a large group. To avoid the Lincoln Woods Trail and long car spot, we decided to hike there-and-back. We enjoyed great weather with some clouds and sun. There were very few bugs. There are very few gusts at the summits.

It’s 2.5 miles to Zealand Hut from Zealand Trailhead. You’ll be able to spot moose on the way! The final 0.2 miles are more difficult and require some walking. For this section, I carried only 0.5L water. After we reached the hut, I filled up with 4L water and snacked on bars.

Continue on Twinway Trail for 1.3 mile to Zeacliff lookout point. The final 1.6 miles will take you to the Zealand summit. It is extremely underwhelming, and offers zero views. It is a short trip to the summit. The Bonds will offer spectacular views, which will make up the difference!

You will travel up to Mount Guyot from the Zealand summit. Then you will continue on Twinway. You will travel 1.3 miles to Guyot. Then, you’ll descend below treeline to reach a West Bond spur. The 1 mile roundtrip to West Bond is worth it, as you will be able to see Bondcliff and Mount Bond. At 12:07 PM, we arrived at the summit and spent half an hour relaxing and eating lunch. It was a good thing there weren’t many bugs!

This is the end of most elevation gain. Turn around after West Bond and go back to Bondcliff Trail. The hike to Mount Bond is a short 0.5-mile climb. It doesn’t offer great views but it makes for a good bio break spot. From there, it’s 1.2 miles to Bondcliff. Bondcliff is an appropriately named place. Many people will want photos of the huge cliff. We did. We did! There were two Shiba Inus at the summit, so I had some fun playing with them.

After taking our photos, we turned around to go back the same way. We slowed down slightly as we climbed up the 800 and 600 ft incline spots to Mount Bond and Guyot. Isn’t it always like this on the return trip? We sat back at Zealand Hut for a while to consider whether we would like to add Mount Hale. We decided to not add it, as half of us had done so. A stroll back to Zealand Trailhead was a great way to end the trip. I’m glad we didn’t go to Lincoln Woods.

  • 4L water
  • 5 bars and beef Jerky
  • Steak and cheese quesadilla
  • Salmon X Ultra Mid 2 hiking boots
  • Columbia hiking pants
  • Topodesigns Mountain Pack
  • Icebreaker Merino Wool shirt
  • Sun gear: sunblock, baseball hat
  • Additional clothes to pack: socks, windbreakers
  • Emergency Gear: Map and GPS, Headlamps, Reduced First-Aid Kit, Swiss Army Knife, Headlamp

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