Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Road and Gale River Road still open. Smart choice to get these peaks before the roads close for the season. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: For the one crossing on North Twin Trail the water was lowest I've seen, but still not an easy crossing. We still crossed above where the trail actually crosses using rocks and short log. Snow over ice on some rocks, and just ice on other rocks.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sign missing at beginning of North Twin Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw no one all day, much less any dogs. There was still plenty of open streams for water and lots of snow to play in.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found: one porcelain toilet, about .25 mile in on the left on Haystack Rd. from Rt. 3. Complete bowl, lid and tank. Neutral beige color will coordinate with many decors.  
Comments: Full winter conditions today on a great hike with Schorman and Lady Di. Started with bare boots and about 1" of snow on the North Twin Trail with ice and frozen mud underneath in spots, snow increased in depth to 4-8" by the summit of North Twin, and by that point we had put on the microspikes which stayed on for the rest of the hike. Many rocks had ice under the snow cover.
Between North and South Twin, snow depth varied up to calf deep in drifted spots. Going was a bit slow, as many rocks still lurked under the snow cover, and with just a little more snow, snowshoes wouldn't have been overkill in certain spots. Socked in on the summit of South Twin with plenty of rime ice, and winds 25-30mph according to the handheld weather station. Descended on 4-8" of snow to Galehead Hut, more ice under snow on the rocks, more so toward the bottom. Trail to Galehead broken out, first broken trail all day, and nice that the sun had come out for a visit.
Trail from hut to Gale River and then down Gale River also broken out. Didn't look like anyone had gone to/from Garfield on the Garfield Ridge Trail recently.  
Name: SBanks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-11-14 
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