Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Herd path, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC ski trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River and Haystack Road closed. Plenty of room at Beaver Brook, but not many cars. Some ice there. Much less room at the end of Little River. every time I'm there the parking arrangement differs, but there was room for a few more cars today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged. A few very small drainages were open on N. Twin and Gale R.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No significant issues; some easy duckunders. Signs still above the snow. Only one barebooter's mix of postholes and deep boot prints from S. Twin down to the hut, and less frequently on Frost and Gale River, but our snowshoes and those who followed may have fixed most of those. The trails up high remained unconsolidated after we went through, good for snowshoes, and down low on the flats the trails should be pretty solid tomorrow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great trail conditions for Pepper, but he's in great shape. Most of the trails were packed and solid enough (at least after we had snowshoed ahead of him) that he had good traction without icing. The Twinway between S. Twin & the Twinway wasn't well broken and hence somewhat deep for a little dog even when following me, but going down is pretty easy and he iced up very little. The Gale River road walk is shared with snowmobilers, but our short time on it there were none, so Pepper wasn't leashed. But he stays with us and I could pick him up if needed. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The forecast for high winds was wrong again, as it was on yesterday's hike. Where do they come up with their numbers? Mix in decent trails, mild for winter temps, some great scenic vistas, and a long leisurely lunch on the hut porch benches in the sun to produce a wonderful winter hike. We only saw a few other hikers, Schorman, Lady Di & Gene, and Steve, who all lit up the trails with their smiles and enthusiasm. Our group was led by age defying Georg ably assisted by Sgt. Pepper, with Cory, Marty and myself. We are just so lucky to share the trails and mountains with such good spirits.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-02-23 
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