Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, snowmobile trail, Gale River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of cars at the Garfield TH today only about a half dozen at the Gale River TH. Lots of hunters along Gale River Loop Rd as well. Use caution. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only a few large blowdowns. One in all three directions from the junction of Garfield and Garfield Ridge Tr. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Marlie had a blast on her first snowy hike of the year. Be sure to dress them in orange or red because of hunting season. Lots of mud and water along the way. Temps were arounbd 30 so it wasn't too cold. I saw one set of small tracks ahead of us. Looks like we were following the tracks of Pepper and Me as the went up South Twin when we headd to Galehead. Many other dog tracks on the Garfield Tr.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There are a pair of sandals at the Gale River TH. 
Comments: Much more snow than I had expected. A winter wonderland today! A dusting down low to 6+- inches infront of Galehead Hut but little to no ice yet. No tracks down Twin Brook Tr or West from Garfield on the Garfield Ridge Tr. Surprisingly it looked like there were tracks heading down Franconia Brook Tr. The soft snow and mud made for OK traction on the ascent and across the ridge but the heavy traffic on the Garfieled Tr had packed the snow and it had started to freeze. Bringing microspikes would be a good idea although mine stayed in the pack all day.

It took 35 minutes to walk the snowmobile trail and Gale River Loop Rd from the Garfield Tr back to the Gale River Tr parking lot. I figured it saved about a mile or so. I talked loud to Marlie and whistled often to alert any nearby hunters while off of the hiking trails.

14.4 miles 4050' elev+ 6 hr 40 min  
Name: IQuest 
E-Mail: iandanner@hotmail com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-11-05 
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