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
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking lot by the Gale River Road at the Garfield side was not plowed - an SUV might be able to make it but a car might not. The lot across from the Galehead side of Gale River Road was plowed. The lot at the end of Little River Road is not plowed but there was space to park along the side of the road.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We skipped the first two river crossings on the North Twin and the third one was easily crossed.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There weren't many blow downs but there were hundreds of branches hanging low because of the weight of the snow and ice.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Did see one small dog down low before the snow got too deep.  
Bugs: No bugs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found.  
Comments: Did this one with Monica and the Random Group of Hikers. The original plan was to climb North Twin, South Twin, Galehead, and Garfield but we skipped the final peak - some legs were tired from spending the day in snowshoes and breaking trail.

There were two guys (Fire Warden's Trail to Hale) in the lot at the end of Little River Road by once we hit the trail we didn't see anyone until our descent along Gale River Trail. We were able to take advantage of Dan McGinness' trail breaking to North Twin but after that we were on our own.

There was about 4"-6" of fresh snow down low and 10"-12" up high. There were also many spots with knee deep pockets of accumulation. There was enough snow on the way down from South Twin that all of the rocks are covered so it was a quick descent with slide step after slide step.  
Name: Michael & Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2014-12-20 
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