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: Friday, November 28, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River and Haystack road closed. We were the only ones parking at the end of Little River and Beaver Brook 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There were many streams / brooks with open water. The Little River Crossing was not for the faint hearted. We changed out of snowshoes into spikes for this crossing and just went for it!! Garfield Brook on the Gale River Trail was high also. It seemed all day our snowshoes were wet because of so much open water. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One big blowdown low on Gale River. For the most part all the other blowdowns were easy to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This would have been a very tough day for all but the most intrepid hound due to the open water and the low temps on the ridge. 
Bugs: Ha 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bill and I started at 9am hoping some other crazy fools were out ahead breaking. But no...we had the opportunity to break 15 miles and did not see anyone all day. There was 8 to 10 inches down low and 12 to 18 inches up on the hill. The biggest problem was that even with that amount of snow the rocks were not completely covered and the boney trail really slowed us down. We used snowshoes start to finish except to cross the Little River and snowshoes seemed the better choice. But the entire way we had to navigate the obstacles on the trail. Bill grabbed Galehead alone to complete his November Grid. Congrats. This was a 13 hour epic....cold wet difficult and no views as it snowed all day. For anyone following us...the trail is broken out but it wont be easy going especially if you descend the Twinway to the hut from South Twin as we did.  
Name: Jeb Bradley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-11-29 
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