Bonds and South Twin backpacking

Bjorn Poonen (Leader), Natalie Ferris (Co-Leader)
Sydney Sherman
3-season hiking
Trip date
Saturday, May 28th, 2022
Difficulty rating
Ability to hike 11 miles and 4000+ ft. up in a day carrying tents and sleeping bags, and have energy for Day 2!

The three Bond peaks give exceptional views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness - some say that they are the best views in the entire White Mountains because all you see is an expansive wilderness. From Mt. Bond alone one can see 38 of the other 4000-footers, and no civilization! The Bonds are the hardest-to-reach 4000-footers, so we are taking two days to hike to them. In fact, our trip will visit five 4000-footers(!), including Galehead and South Twin along the way. South Twin, which has a great view of its own, is the highest NH peak outside the Presidential and Franconia Ranges.

Route map:

Rough itinerary:

Saturday May 28: 11.3 miles, 4750 ft. elevation gain (9.5 miles, 4050 ft. gain if we skip West Bond or postpone it to Sunday).
Leave Cambridge VERY early.
Stop at Dunkin' in Lincoln, NH for a quick breakfast.
Start hiking from the Gale River Trailhead up to Galehead Hut and Galehead.
Continue up and over South Twin, arrive at Guyot Campsite before 4pm to sent up tents.
Out-and-back to West Bond for the sunset!

Sunday May 29: 11.2 miles, 850 ft. gain (it's mostly down).
Catch sunrise on Mt. Bond.
Enjoy Bondcliff in the morning.
Down to Lincoln Woods Trailhead.

Note: The AMC charges $15/person for staying at the Guyot Campsite (best to bring cash).

Required pre-trip meeting: Thurs May 26 at 7pm just outside the main Student Center entrance.


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
May 20, 2022, 11:05 a.m.
Signups closed at
May 25, 2022, noon
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