Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin, North Twin, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook Ski Trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Frost Trail, bushwhacks
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 3, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road gated and closed, though snowfree and dry. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Brook crossing near summer lot running high, but doable with wet boots. Gale River crossings were impassable - high water and very strong current. Bushwahcked along west side, Garfield Stream was difficult to crossing (knee deep or higher, strong current). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Eric removed a bunch, but some still remain on Gale River Trail and Twinway. North Twin Spur tough to follow due to snow depth and leaners. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Gale River crossings too dangerous for dogs. Garfield Stream crossing required owners to carry their dogs across, due to deep water and strong current. 
Bugs: None on trail, but mosquitoes coming out at parking lot in evening. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Group member lost pair of prescription sunglasses near or at Galehead Hut - please e-mail me if you find them! 
Comments: Very little snow below 2,200 feet. Barebooted beyond first Gale River crossing - dry or muddy trail below it, with some running water in places. River crossings way too high, so we bushwhacked on the west side, near the proposed trail reroute. Decent going about 100 vertical feet above the river, though muddy and lots of hobblebush. Thick spruce on north shore of Garfield Stream gully. Garfield Stream was very tough to cross (but easier than doing Gale River twice). Snowshoes (absolutely mandatory) on before reaching second Gale River crossing. Monorail was firm if using snowshoes, however some postholing if you step off. 4-6 feet of snow above 4,000 feet, with more in drifted areas. Monorailed route to Galehead from hut, and between Twins, involved bushwhacks. Spring snow everywhere, no visible ice bulges yet. Scramble ledges all nicely filled in still.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-04-03 
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