Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, herd path, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: About a dozen cars in lot near gate; another 5 at the corners. No issues today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Avoided the crossings by taking the 2 bridges. Nice having that option here today. Talked to a couple who had crossed brook and they said they had to hit a pointed rock with ice to get across. That pointed rock would've been a longer leap on way out. Only time in several Garfield hikes I've even thought of crossings being an issue. Fast & deep flow. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I used rock spikes entire hike. Thought for sure I'd need to beef up at some point but the ice floes were mostly in the sun and had a nice soft surface. More aggressive traction would've been quicker on the Garfield Ridge Tr. and coming down on some of the ice. Trails divided into 3 conditions for the most part. Road and up to the crossings--minimal snow & hardly any ice. Crossings to switchbacks--mix of packed snow and breakable ice with quite a bit of water. Switchbacks on up--either a nice snow pack or ice floes. Winds picking up in the afternoon were covering spots of ice. Tracks headed over to Galehead. Killer views today!  
Name: franco 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-27 
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