Bondcliff Trail

Bondcliff Trail near Lincoln, NH

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7 miles
Hiking, Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Lincoln, NH
User oldetowneteamfan
The Bondcliff Trail leads from the Wilderness Trail about 4.7 miles from NH Route 112/Lincold Woods Visitor Center, to the AT/Twinway near the summit of Mount Guyot. It passes over the summit of Mount Bond and The Cliffs of Mount Bond, hence its name. Most of the trail is in woods with moderate grades, but the section over The Cliffs is an extensive boulder field exposed to winds and there are small alpine zones on Mounts Bond and Guyot. The Bonds are among the New Hampshire 4000-footers that are furthest from a paved road, and each summit offers 360-degree views. Many consider the views from Bondcliff, Mount Bond, and West Bond to be the most beautiful in the White Mountains.

With the exception of .7 miles of trail from just past the West Bond spur trail to the AT/Twinway, the rest of the trail is within the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area. Please be mindful of all special regulations regarding trail use and camping within this area.

From the Wilderness Trail, the relocated Bondcliff Trail climbs steadily, then circles R, climbs again, and circles R to rejoin its old route up the W side of Black Brook. After ascending up the W bank, the trail makes three crossings of the brook, with the third one often dry as the water trickles underground. The trail circles R to a usually-dry brook bed which it follows briefly downhill, then ascends steeply along the back side of a ridge. Next the trail turns L on an old woods road which crosses a slide area with timber supports before making the fourth crossing of the brook at 2.9 miles. There is more likely to be water here than the third crossing, and there may be a few seeps further along the trail in wet weather.

The trail now makes a spiral around a minor knoll, heading S then W then N then E before making a sharp switchback to angle W then S up the main ridge. The footway starts to become rockier, and at 4.1 miles the trail crosses the nose of the ridge and swings N. The gradient increases, and after a warning sign for the alpine zone the trail ascends a 10-foot cliff. Above this point the trail passes through scrub and across ledges to the flattish summit of The Cliffs, often referred to as Bondcliff, at 4.3 miles. The cliffs to the L may be hazardous in windy or slippery weather.

The trail descends across a boulder field to a col, crosses a small knoll to another col, then begins the ascent of Mount Bond. The scrub gradually gets taller until the trail is in trees again, but the footway remains rocky for some distance longer. The trail suddenly pops out on a ledge at 5.5 miles, where a boulder to the R is considered the summit of Mount Bond. The trail makes a more gradual descent, passing over a knoll and descending more steeply to a junction with the West Bond Spur at 6.0 miles, which of course leads to the summit of West Bond. The trail descends another .2 miles to a side path which leads R steeply downhill .2 miles to Guyot Shelter. The Bondcliff Trail then ascends another .4 miles to the bare S summit of Mount Guyot, followed by a slight descent to the junction with the Twinway at 6.8 miles, where it ends. Follow the Twinway L to South Twin Mountain and Galehead Hut, or R to Mount Guyot and Zealand Falls Hut.

Elevation gain: About 3500 feet on the ascent, 800 feet on return to Twinway

(This description used is copied from


To the Lincoln Woods Trail head: Lincoln Woods visitor information center, off NH Route 112 just E of bridge over East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, elevation about 1180 feet

44.0638°N, 71.5884°W (WGS84)

WMNF fee site

Take I-93 Exit 32 at Lincoln and go E on NH Route 112 (Kancamagus Highway) about 5.7 miles to sign and parking lot on L

The Lincoln Woods Trail turns into The Wilderness Trail at the Pemigewasset Wilderness Area boundry; The Bondcliff Trail head is about 4.7 miles from Lincoln Woods parking lot off NH Route 112, elevation about 1600 feet

Shortest route from parking area is to follow Lincoln Woods Trail to Wilderness Trail


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