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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, herd path, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked near the gate, area plowed but icy 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We took the herd path on the left side on the way up to the snowmobile trail bridge to avoid to two larger crossings because the small remaining bridged sections looked sketchy. All other smaller crossings were fine 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing significant 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Hannah had a great day, no issues with the terrain or weather 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Varied conditions today - patchy ice on the road walk, bare ground at the start of the real trail, ice started a few tenths in and was soft and slushy on the surface and easy to navigate. Snow started just above the herd path with better coverage at the start of the switchbacks. Increasing depths as we gained elevation, probably 6-8" partially consolidated up high, no real drifts to speak of. We wore micros from the car to halfway up the switchbacks, then changed to snowshoes and kept them on until almost at the bottom of the switchbacks - fortunately most of the other people we saw today were also wearing snowshoes up high which made for a lovely track. Steep parts on the ridge trail were fine, no ice to speak of. No views but wind wasn't quite as bad as forecasted. Saw about a dozen other people enjoying the day. Great hike with true four season conditions experienced - thanks Ali and Hannah for another good day!  
Name
Name: Hikes with Hannah 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-21 
Link
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