Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 21, 2013
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road closed. Beaver Brook x-c ski lot empty on our arrival at 10:50 am, but for a USFS pick up truck with snow plow that had just been used to clean up the mess from earlier in the week. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All open, but easily crossed on rocks now exposed. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple blow downs on Gale River Trail before relo easily stepped over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen, but excellent conditions for Portugeese water dogs. 
Bugs: None seen, which is why I prefer cold rain, sloppy wet snow conditions, soaking wet boots, and dripping wet gloves in December over the hot, sticky, bug-infested trails of May and June. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Sanity once again lost on this soaking wet day. 
Comments: Returned to complete effort from five days earlier (see report below). Did not care to wait until the beginning of calendar winter (12:11) or a pm grid start (noon). Deep powder from Monday reduced to a few inches of wet slop by warm temperatures and meltdown, from nearly bare x-c ski trail, 1-2 inches lower Gale a River Trail, 3-4 inches upper Gale River, 5-6 inches Garfield Ridge Trail with sections of >12 inches standing slushy water, and 4-8 inches on Frost Trail. Bare booted to a Ghoul hut, then switched to snowshoes when post-holing deepened on Frost Trail; kept shoes on most of way out to smooth out boot imprints from way up. Met "Gritty Wayne" on Garfield Ridge Trail about half way through his monthly CW Pemi Loop; I would say he was going to earn this one; really hard core with a pack half the size of ours. Temperature about 60 F at start, 45 F at Ghoul, and 40 F at finish about 6 pm.  
Name: HFKA Dr. D. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2013-12-22 
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