Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Herd paths, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Beaver Brook XC ski trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Road and Gale River Road closed. Little River Rd. and Beaver Brook parking areas plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We took out the one problem blowdown on North Twin. There are plenty of duckunder/faceslapper/snowdowntheneckdumper branches in various parts of the trails. The sign at the south end of the Gale River re-route is down, and snow has covered the debris blocking it, hence the most recent hiking has used the old trail not the re-route. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fun day for Pepper and Cinnilla. I didn't notice either working on their paws, but we treat them ahead of time. Pepper did have some snowballing on his short legs but he's used to that. Cinnilla had no problems at all. They love their treats and they really like being a part of the group. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snowshoes essential today as there has been enough new snow that the trails were unconsolidated, and they remain so even after today's use, except down low where there was less new snow and temps above freezing. On steep areas getting tractions was sometimes difficult. Up high it was hard to tell that yesterday's hikers had been there.

Of course the coming storm will change things in uncertain ways but I'll make two notes: first as noed the packed down Gale River trail bypasses the new section of trail and does all the crossings (which are snowbridged), and second the Frost trail could be very hard to follow. We met only two other hikers all day, and one couldn't find the Frost trail despite criss-crossing back and forth near the Hut. We then found the route for him although in two places we were off it for very short periods. Given that in the upper sections yesterday's hiker's route was mostly or wholly filled in, and that the snow remained relatively unconsolidated even after our passage, and given new snow, snowshoes will be essential.

It is always wonderful to hike with Georg, Per & Cinnilla, and of course Pepper. Today we had almost no views, and just a hint of blue skies and sun, but the woods were lovely and the downhill snowshoes a blast. Per & Cinnilla have but one peak to do to finish their 4Ks in one Winter for the second year in a row. Go Cinnilla.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-03-06 
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