Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twin Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owl's Head Path, Franconia Brook Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues at either Gale River or Lincoln Woods 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We were able to find a way to easily rock hop all except for the last one on Lincoln Brook trail about a half mile before Franconia Brook trail - crossed with water shoes and the deepest spots were just above the knees, but by that time in the day the water felt GREAT.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Overall trails in ok shape - Lincoln Brook trail from 13 Falls to the base of the slide had only a few places where the trail corridor was a bit tricky to follow, but not as bad as we were expecting - plenty of signs of work in the past few years including about half a dozen bog bridges. Plenty of blowdowns on the wilderness trails and one big mess on Lincoln Brook trail just after the tricky crossing but otherwise no major issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah and Chloe had a great day - they're both pretty agile and had no issues with the slide or the water crossings, though smaller dogs might have issues with certain parts of the slide. Not much water headed up or down Owl's Head but plenty of streams and gooey mud the rest of the day - except your dog to be tired and muddy at the end of this hike! 
Bugs: Not too bad until about an hour before dusk, then they were out with a vengeance for the rest of the night. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Spotted a car on Saturday and did this traverse north to south. Reroute on Gale River trail was the least muddy I've ever seen it, but still had a few small patches. Twin Brook trail is lovely - a bit brushy at the top but never gets too steep, very woodsy and easy to follow. Thirteen Falls area is beautiful - definitely on the list of places to visit again, and a good spot for a midday break and swim for the dogs. Footing got a bit rougher headed up Lincoln Brook trail but we had the trail to ourselves - beautiful wilderness with some neat views of the back side of Lincoln and Lafayette just past the height of land. No bushwhacks today - the slide was slow going at times but all five of us managed to get up and down with no problems. Most impressive mud pits of the day between the Liberty Brook crossing and the bridge where Lincoln Woods trail starts. Long walk out on the real trails but good red lining and we were all in good spirits despite the mileage. Thanks to Ali, Nikki, Hannah and Chloe for a fabulous day and another epic traverse!!  
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-06-23 
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