The reason for this is I've hiked the Bonds twice. Once in 2008 when there was a very low ceiling. Not much for views at all.
And once this past winter. Snow squalls and darkness. That's me giving the thumbs up.
I did make a return to West Bond a couple summers ago for views redemption.
Saturday it was time for Bond Cliff, and Mt. Bond to redeem themselves. I got an early start (6:30 on trail) because it was predicted to be another hot, hazy an humid day. I wanted to beat the heat and hopefully some of the haze. Since I was not peak bagging, I rode my bike to the Wilderness boundary and stashed it. The only way to fly on the Lincoln Woods Tr. I did not realize this but apparently the trail after the bridge over the Franconia Branch has been renamed do to the Pemi bridge removal. After the hike I wanted to talk to a ranger about something and he seemed lost when I said where I'd come from and was refering to the Wilderness Tr. He called it Franconia Brook Trail but my AMC online maps calls it Bond Cliff Trail. I do not have the latest addition of the guide so I'm not sure what it is for sure.
To make a short story even shorter, I reached Bond cliff about 9:30. And was amazed at what I saw. It would have been a shame not to return for this.
Another reason for returning is I really wanted my obligatory standing on the cliff photo. And luckily there were 2 hikers up there already. Now I don't care for heights at all and knew this would not be easy. So wouldn't you know as soon as I got out there the wind started gusting enough to knock me off balance a bit.
After catching myself I asked the guy to "please take the photo quick". He did and I got my shot.
After That it was off for Mt. Bond. Along the way I was treated to some Alpine Flowers. This was a first this year for me. Not sure what they are as I don't have an identification book for these.
It was pretty hazy now ruining a the distant views but what I could see was awesome. I particularly liked the view back towards Bond Cliff.
Hazy but I'll take this any day of the week.
I spent a half hour on Mt Bond and the same when I got back to Bond Cliff. Headed back down around 12:30. Because of the layout of this trail, much of it is jog-able. That, and having a bike to ride on the last 3 miles, I was out by 3:00pm. Now I believe the only 4K that owes me views is Tecumseh.
And this is the only way to do the Lincoln Woods Trail. :D