Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, herdpaths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road and Haystack Road closed. Parking area at the end of Little River Road was well-plowed and easily accessible. No signs of any construction (mentioned in reports some weeks back). Beaver Brook parking area plowed but a poor job. It is very messy.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There is open water here and there but generally no problems although most snow/ice bridges are weak. 3rd crossing of Little River is bridged and it seems solid.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No major problems. Ice and crossings not a problem. However, travel in deep snow for much of the day meant a gigantic workout for Cinnilla today. She smartly stayed in 3rd position behind Georg and me for the trail-breaking work - but it was still a hard day. Conditions are a bit better now - but strong fitness is a basic requirement for the canines on these trails. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Georg and I snowshoed car-to-car and never considered anything else.

Beaver Brook to Galehead Mtn is perfect for snowshoeing (see also Sleeveless' report from yesterday).
Garfield Ridge tr towards Garfield was not broken out when we passed the jct.

We had one hiker ahead of us and were delighted to see that person heading up to South Twin as the first hiker on that trail since the snow-storm - making our ascent a lot easier. It turned out to be Postal Patty who also did the break-out work on Gale River tr earlier in the week. Well done Patty - and delighted to meet you.

After South Twin there was no sign of any travel and we broke trail the rest of the way to the end of Little River Road. Snow depth anywhere from 6" (low) to 2ft. drifts on North Twin Spur.

Name: LongMark 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-12-19 
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