|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Brook Ski Trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 16, 2013|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Gale River closed. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The broken out trail follows the old trail on Gale River and does all the crossing. None were problematic, but some of bridges have collapsed and one must step on submerged stones. Lots of little feeder streams were wet too. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||After treacherous driving through lakes region roads (spun out!!) and even an icy I93 with 45 mph speed limit, we switched plans to minimize driving.|
On the trails today the old snow was very hard on and off trail, with 2 plus inches of new powder. Fast track overall. Impressive chunks of ice washed on banks of gale river, presumably from this weeks rain.
Due to a snowshoe induced injury, I microspiked most of the way, but got frustrated on the steeps and switched to crampons just to prevent backsliding, not out of necessity. It was my first hike out of the 'shoes this winter, but I would like to apologize to the hiking community for booting. Still, I never left any more than half inch divots in the new powder. There was a group of 10 in snowshoes in front and my companion for the day, Summerset, was behind me the whole way in the shoes too smoothing things out. But as a deputy member of the snowshoe police remember, if you must bareboot at anytime when snow is present on the trails: Think before you sink! Always designate a snowshoer!
John aka Slowshoes
||John in NH |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.