Bondcliff and Lincoln Woods Trails | White Mountain National Forest Hikes

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West Bond

The sunset view from West Bond.

It’s not the climbing that takes my breath away. It’s the way that the trail, enclosed by northern hardwoods for miles, suddenly pops out above them, and there it is: every peak, valley, and forested hill in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, with the summit of Mt. Washington in the distance and not a single sign of civilization in between. It goes on like this for a mile atop Bondcliff, and the easy footing means I frequently swivel around and see all the White Mountain peaks I have climbed, and all the ones I’ve yet to. First is 4,540-foot West Bond, just a mile up the way, which hangs out over the void between here and Franconia Ridge. I push up the trail. I’ve got a date with a sunset.

Turn-by-turn from the Lincoln Woods Trailhead

1) Take the Lincoln Woods Trail 4.8 miles north and east along the East Branch Pemigewasset River to an intersection.

2) Turn north (hiker’s left) onto the Bondcliff Trail and follow it 5.4 miles across 4,265-foot Bondcliff Mountain and 4,698-foot Mt. Bond. There’s a short scramble before you pop above treeline on Bondcliff that locals jokingly call the Hillary Step.

3) Veer .5 mile west on the West Bond Spur Trail to the 4,540-foot summit of West Bond. From the summit, there’s a good view of Lincoln Slide, an avalanche scar down the west face of Mt. Lincoln along Franconia Ridge.

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