Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at end of Gale River (along with a few other cars), left a car at Beaver Brook. Plenty of parking at both. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings on Mt Garfield trail and Gale River trail were all manageable by stepping on submerged rocks. Avoided the Little River crossing on N Twin trail by doin out n back to N Twin and exiting via Gale River. Saw 2 hikers on N Twin who came up the N Twin trail, they said the 3rd crossing was doable with the downed tree. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few large duck under blowdowns on Garfield trail. Removed a few smaller blowdowns on Gale River.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kali had a blast!  
Bugs: None yet! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Gorgeous day! Gale River Rd was bare and pretty dry (hopefully open soon?!?!). On Mt Garfield trail, it was bare until about 2,400 ft. Just the beginnings of monorail here and there but generally good snow cover up high and the cold temps much of the day kept snow nice and firm, so all we needed was light traction. Surface a little rough but not badly post holed up to Garfield summit. Across Garfield Ridge had firm snow but was rough and had been beaten up badly by 1 or 2 postholers. Steep cascade section was 90% snow covered and easy enough to negotiate in light traction. Didn't linger long at Galehead hut as there was an awful rank smell coming from the west side. Nice firm snow made for easy up/down Frost trail. Up to South Twin, sunny spots were starting to soften up. Summit of S Twin was bare. Trip to N Twin had softest snow of the day, but still fairly stable in the center of the trail. Ran into Wayne on S Twin doing his 2nd Pemi loop in as many months! On the way out, Gale River Trail had snow until about 2,300 ft, below that was a mix of rotting snow, mud, standing water on trail and low down, some dry trail. Ski trails on the way back to beaver brook were a bit muddy.

Beautiful April day with Cynthia, Heather and Kali. Amazing views and pretty good conditions. Nice to run into Wayne - and a big congrats to Cynthia on finishing up her April Grid!!!!  
Name: Jeff & Karine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-04-21 
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