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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: There were no issues at either the end of Little River Road or Five Corners.  
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: All crossings are bridged.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are the usual late-winter conditions ... lots of branches to push through and blowdowns to go over/under/around. Most of the challenges were in the section between Garfield Ridge Campsite and the junction of the Garfield Ridge Trail and Gale River Trail. Did have to take out the saw to clean one up so that we could go under it.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had a dog with us and she managed fine.  
Bugs
Bugs: No bugs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found.  
 
Comments
Comments: Did this one with some of the Random Group of Hikers (Colin, Tabitha, and Erik). We were able to bare boot the Gale River Road and put our snow shoes on at the summer trailhead. Probably could have waited but why bother - we have them and they seem to weigh more on your pack than on your feet. We kept them on until the final mile of the North Twin Trail.

Down low on the Garfield Trail the snow was hard packed and then up higher there was some softer stuff that looked like a combination of fresh stuff and windblown stuff. We laid fresh tracks up to Garfield and then over to the Gale Rive Trail. There we wer able to enjoy the trail breaking of others.

The trip up to Galehead was uneventful and that is where we saw the first person of the day - he was on his way down and then up to South Twin. He said there were some people ahead of him but we never saw them.

We passed him on the way up to South Twin - lots of soft windblown snow. It was windy at the top so we snapped a few pictures and then headed off to North Twin. The trail was unbroken so we had to do some extra work until we met up with an AMC group coming up from North Twin. We met them near North Twin so they got to take advantage of our work and we got to take advantage of theirs.

The trip back to Little River Road was uneventful.  
Name
Name: Michael & Monica 
E-Mail
E-Mail: michaelfrancisblair@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-03-14 
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