Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked at Five Corners - no problems.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small streamlets were challenging on Gale River Trail, but we found do-able crossings of each and kept feet dry. We were first on trail and had no tracks to follow/guide us. Garfield Brook had a couple of iced over small trees that allowed a balance-beam crossing. Poles greatly helped. (Met one couple who came up North Twin Trail and did cross Little River - snow bridges are gone after lots of rain and warm temps; one of them said she'd dunked her feet though! O_O ) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Met Zealand again. :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: First (human) tracks in 2-3" new snow up Gale River Road and Trail, following those of a canid for ~3-4 miles. Apparently it prefers trails to bushwhacking. :) Lower Gale River Trail is bony, sloppy and crunchy but gets better as one ascends.

We barebooted the road, spiked it from the first water crossing, and donned snowshoes for the final ~1/2 mile to Garfield Ridge. Kept snowshoes on all the way to North Twin and back to roughly this same spot on descent. Glad to have snowshoes for televators and for the deep drifts on North Twin Spur. Met 10 other ppl today, only one other on snowshoes. Two more carrying them and barebooting through the knee-deep drifts on NTT(??!!). Think only 5 of us made North Twin today though.

Conditions in this area are really not too bad and not too icy given all the rain. Congrats to FP for getting the Twins in winter the long way!  
Name: Snowflea and Fancypants 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-02-28 
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