|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Loop XC ski trail, bushwhack, Gale River Loop Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, January 4, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at the beaver brook ski area and snow-shoe'd the XC trail, following very obvious snow-shoe indentations that left the XC trail to the right, which is the BW that spills out into the cul-de-sac of Camp #3 on the Gale River road. From there the trek to the trailhead was nice and packed down by snow machine tracks. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Bridged or rock-hoppable. The largest crossing's snow bridge had holes in the ice that made it appear sketchy, but crossed just fine in the morning and afternoon with no signs or sounds of it being unstable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple blow downs to step over or hike around and a crawl under - no problem. |
||Some snow fleas, one spider and something that looked like a mosquito |
|Lost and Found:
||Snowshoes all the way.|
It had rained the night before so the trail was slushy at first. There were a few inches that appeared to have fallen overnight. However, it was a bit mashed by the rain. We were the only ones on the hiking trail, thought we passed by some skiers on the XC trail. There were some drifts at the hut and near the summit, but they were few and far between.
As we continued to ascend the snow stuck to the bottoms of our snowshoes, making every fifth step feel like a bowling ball was attached. A quick flick of the shoe and the snow fell off..just a minor annoyance. There was enough snow that fell - even with the coating of rain to create nice glissade experience just below the jct to GRT.
A small critter had left tracks all over the summit and even left a small "gift" in the middle of the snow covered cairn How thoughtful...
Also saw bobcat and deer tracks.
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.