Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 28, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking for both the Gale River Trail and Garfield trail are clearly marked. No issues 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Gale River Trail has log crossings and one easy rock hop - no problems. Garfield Trail has two water crossings that are an easy rock hop at this time. They may be a problem after heavy rains or during the spring. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: large blowdown at approx 2300 feet on the Gale River Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Garfield Trail is a very good trail for dogs. Although I didn't bring my dog on this trip, my 10lb chihuahua has done trails similar to Gale River Trail and had no problems. I may have had to help him on the steepest parts of the Garfield Ridge trail.  
Bugs: none to speak of 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: none 
Comments: Gale River trail is relatively flat for the first mile or so, then it becomes increasingly rocky and slippery. Even in the rain it wasn't too much of a problem. The last 0.6 to the Galehead Hut is the steepest section. There are nice views from the hut.

The Frost Trail (0.5 miles) to the Galehead summit is a little rocky and slippery at the beginning, but from there it is a quick, easy ascent to the summit.

Heading to Mt. Garfield via the Garfield Ridge Trail starts out relatively easy. The trail descends losing approximately 800 feet of elevation in a mile. Then you to gain it back via a very steep, wet, slippery, rocky, seemingly never-ending ascent. The views from the summit are worth the workout.

Descending the Garfield trail is surprisingly easy and the footing is VERY good. It was a very quick 4.8 mile descent. I was lucky to hitch a ride avoiding the 1.6 mile walk along the Gale River Loop Road back to my car. Thanks Gretchen!
Name: solowoodlandwanderer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-29 
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