Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 22, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: not many cars today--most at Garfield, 3 at Trudeau and 3 at the X country ski trail area 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: the one larger crossing on Gale River trail was stable in the morning but cracked in places on my return 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: as I ascended, I noticed what appeared fresh cut tree branches that had blocked the trails and had now been removed to the side of the trail; at the trail juncture with the AT, I bumped into 5 hikers (three backpackers, 2 others) and would find out soon thereafter that one of them was the mysterious trail maintainer. As I was using my saw to cut back the branches blocking the AT, Randall and David arrived and it turns out David was carrying a large saw (compared to my 'girly saw')--he finished the job I had started--thank you, David! No more step over/duck under on the trail 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 2 on trail having a good time 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: the three backpackers left behind a set of hiking poles and a glove at the hut; I tried to catch up with them on the way down but no luck; if you are one of the backpackers, I brought the items home with me (when I wanted to leave them at the X country ski parking area, somebody who definitely didn't own them, eyed the poles, so I put them in my car)--e-mail me via 'Random Group of Hikers' (meetup group); look for Monica--profile photo with gatorade and Marathon Monday sign, and I will send them to you 
Comments: fun day with sticky snow; I was the only one using snowshoes for the majority of the hike; all others either in spikes or barebooting; quite a few postholes produced, esp. by the hikers starting later in the morning when I was descending; thanks to David and Randall for the fun conversation--Randall, congrats on W38-40 peaks!  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-22 
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