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, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, January 17, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road and Haystack Road closed. Plenty beyond 7 Dwarfs and at Beaver Brook 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Plenty of open crossings today. All were low and rock hoppable including the 3rd crossing of the Little River. Little River is low now and ice bridges are gone. But quick steps on the rocks made that crossing ok without having to use the birch log. Had to step in 2 inches of water so good boots and gators helped 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns all easily avoided 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No hounds today but would have been a good day for them 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: There was an inch or so of new snow on lower section of Gale River. When we reached the open spot above the river 3 miles from the trail head there was 3 to 4 inches and on the Twinway and North Twin Spur probably 6 inches of new snow with some drifting of the ridge. New snow was about an inch when we reached the Little River. Based on yesterday's postings especially the Bonds Traverse (thanks) we decided to leave snowshoes in the car and carry crampons and wear spikes. Two of us stayed in spikes all day and Bill wore his trail crampons from the hut to half way down the North Twin Trail. Full Crampons would have been overkill. But if someone were to just climb North Twin and go to South, snowshoes and spikes would be best recommendation. Climbing up South it was too boney for snowshoes. The trail ice is pretty well covered though the steeps needed care ascending or descending. Congrats to Michelline for getting these three in winter. Way to go. We lucked out with great views from South. Thanks to Bill and Michelline for a great day!!!  
Name: jeb bradley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-01-17 
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