|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, February 27, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at Five Corners - no problems. |
||Wet Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|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:
||Met Zealand again. :) |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
||Snowflea and Fancypants |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.