Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, March 11, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road still closed, parked across the street at Trudeau Rd. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bring your Legolas legs and SpringWaterCrossing Game for a couple of them. Turned one person back (alas, I didn't note what they were wearing). I had tall gaiters to knees - never was deeper than a foot in, but it's running fast in places higher up. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some blow downs, all manageable. One big one on Galehead Spur has a herd path around it as it runs lengthwise of trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Still wish I had one 
Bugs: Spider strands all along the trail! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: blue water bottle up toward Galehead Hut 
Comments: Quite a nice Winter day - wish I had snowshoes, would have been MUCH nicer for most of upper Twins ... but it would also be 200yards on, 200yards off to microspikes. I used Hillsounds and other than a few postholes ... I tried ... but hit a few between the Twins, made it through fine. Ice was enough to make microspikes win out. A LOT of the trail is draining underneath ice. I suspect even more running/standing water and wicked monorails evolving (Twins especially). All in all ... doable. I would call the water crossings the big challenge. The post holing was just irritating ... blew out my Evo snowshoes Monday :-(  
Name: pranamedic 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-03-11 
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