Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 22, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The two big crossings on Mount Garfied Trail were easily crossed by hopping rock to rock. As were the smaller crossings in the North Twin Trail. We tried to use the garbage bags as gaiters trick for the big crossing on The North Twin Trail but when it didn't work we just walked through - it was knee deep. We crossed to the left (as you are coming down) at the widest point.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a big blowdown on the way to Galehead and a few big ones on the way down North Twin Trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog along the way and he seemed to be doing fine.  
Bugs: No issues.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost or found.  
Comments: Did this one with the Random Group of Hikers. The trails are dry then wet on the way to the ice line at about 3,200 feet. We put our spikes on there and pretty much left them on until we got to the same elevation on our way down from North Twin. It was easy enough to manage with a good pair of spikes - no need for crampons (in my opinion). I thought the trickiest ice section was coming down from Galehead. The steep section below Garfield Ridge Campsite had some ice but lots of bare rock so you can pick your way down quite easily. The section heading up to the hut was like a raging river on top of the ice. It sounds like it would be difficult but the ice was soft enough for the spikes to grip. The snow between South and North Twin was soft and easily post holed.  
Name: Michael & Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-04-22 
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