Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: all parking areas (at Garfield, Trudeau Rd and Beaver Brook) in fine condition and used today 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: while they are open on Gale River, they are all easily rock-hoppable with care 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: one step over and one duck under on Gale River Trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: one dog on the trail hiking the twins--very happy 
Bugs: one bug spotted on Gale River Rd 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: n/a 
Comments: used microspikes until I returned from North Twin; for the South Twin descend back to Galehead Hut I switched to crampons; some very icey sections on that steep trail; no problem with crampons; one other hiker used mountaineering snowshoes and also had no troubles; one hiker was in microspikes and was fine but had to be careful/aka 'hug trees' at times; kept crampons on until end of Gale River trail simply because they were no hindrance and assisted on icey sections, but would not have been needed after the steep section on Gale River trail
no need for snowshoes in terms of snow depth
met lots of nice people today and quite a few conversations were had; beautiful day with perfect hiking temperature and no wind to speak of  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-07 
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