Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain (attempt), NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 16, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Two other vehicles at the x-c ski area parking lot about a mile east of Five Corners when I arrived at 12:45 pm, one from x-c skier that I never saw, the other from solo female snowshoer who broke all the way to the Garfield Ridge Trail junction; I met her about a mile in. She made a Herculean effort, as the powder snow was approaching 18-20 inches deep at the GRT junction where she turned around. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Inconsequential 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of insignificant blow downs; I removed a few branches and small leaners. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Small dogs might have some problems with deep snow; perhaps they could wear snorkels? 
Bugs: None seen in single digit temperatures the entire day. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N.A. 
Comments: I slogged on to Ghoul hut, arriving at 5 pm, encountering snow depths well over 20", with waste deep drifts. The hardest part is that there is no base, so some steps drop two to there feet to slippery ice-coated rocks. Fortunately, my snowshoes did not break, although they popped off a couple of times. But, with two sets of snowshoe tracks now, at least we have the beginnings of a base. Will be a tough week ahead for breaking trail. I pity the inevitable bare-boot post-holers, who no doubt will be out in force over the holidays.  
Name: HFKA Dr. D. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-12-17 
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