Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at 5 corners on route 3- plowed- we were 4th car at 8:30 am on a gorgeous Sunday 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All well bridged still 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Frost Trail to Galehead summit with a lot of branches in face Few duck unders but fairly minimal given snow pack 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw none but would be fine 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Gale River Trail to the ridge in great shape, very well packed. Branches not much of an issue. We bare booted almost to the ridge- it was totally frozen and we didn't make a dent, but someone came down yesterday? afternoon and postholed a LOT. Ridge trail in pretty good shape, packed well but lots of ducking under branches. We wanted to take Garfield Ridge Trail over to Garfield but it was not recently packed out and would have been pretty hard to follow so we opted instead to head over to the Twins.

Frost Trail to Galehead was packed by 1 hiker ahead of us- probably not quite following true trail but gets you to the top. Lots of branches in your face here but great views due to snow pack.

Twinway in good shape- 2 snowshoers ahead of us today. Gorgeous day on South Twin, fairly warm (given what we have had), sunny with not a cloud in the sky and the wind was cold but bearable. Trail between North and South Twin in good condition with no postholes.

Coming down from North Twin trail is fast. Once you get to the river there were patches of pretty slushy snow. Probably start seeing some ice in the mornings. All stream crossings were very well snow bridged.

Gale River Road and Haystack Road in fine shape for fairly quick walking.

Stunning day for a long hike- saw only 4 other hikers all day plus 3 snowmobilers on Haystack Road during the road walk out.  
Name: Sue J 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-03-29 
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