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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lafayette, NH
Trails
Trails: Garfield Trail, abandoned Garfield Pond Cutoff, Garfield Ridge Trail, Skookumchuck Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: A few cars in the Skookumchuck Trailhead early in the am but when we returned lot was quite full. The Garfield Trailhead also had room in the early morning and cars lining the road in the afternoon.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hob-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Skookumchuck Trail's old water bars could use some love.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: A nice day out with a couple of short bushwhacks. The abandoned Garfield Pond Cut-off Trail appears to get some use but once reaching the edge of the pond the herd path scatters, lots of blow downs near Garfield Ridge Trail. The original lower section of the Skookumchuck Trail is once again a bushwhack--a few orange blazes can still be found, hobblebush filling in quickly but footbed is still easy to follow. Once at the pond we decided to go up and back to Garfield's summit. We met a lot of people on the Garfield Ridge Trail, a dozen or more were people that were temporarily misplaced. Three people who thought they were headed to Galehead but had reached the Garfield Pond. Our time on the GRT between Skookumchuck and Mt. Lafayette we had three groups asking us if this was the Greenleaf Trail. Once we summited we perhaps saw a possible source of confusion might have been that there was a crowd around the trail sign that many people never saw it. We hung out on the North Peak of Lafayette on the rocks admiring the view and eating lunch. Many passing through Nobo AT hikers on the mountains. We backtracked to the Skookumchuck Trail and met a few groups working their way up the mountain later in the afternoon. Swell day.  
Name
Name: Nordic Gal, Becca Munroe 
E-Mail
E-Mail: amybike@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-07-10 
Link
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