Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd path, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 23, 2010
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of space. Only a few cars at the Twins and Galehead parking areas. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Skipped first two crossings of Little River and third a rock hop starting a bit upstream from trail. Gale River's also rock hops with some rocks wet. No problems if care taken with any of them, but poles and waterproof boots helpful, and gaiters reassuring. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. A little mud/softness on lower Gale River. Ice in the trail slowed us down some on rocky section between the hut and S. Twin, and a bit on upper Gale River. We didn't use our microspikes but they would have sped things up on these sections. Bruce said the trails from Lincoln Woods over to South Twin were in pretty good shape, but there was deeper snow coming up to Bond and again from Guyotte to S. Twin, with some deeper drifts in the latter. He managed to do it in sneaker type footwear. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog was joined by Toby and Emma, and they all had a good time. Pepper had some snow ball up on his paws and lower legs, and Emma on her paws, around South Twin, but neither complained and it was gone after lunch at the hut. Trail pretty easy otherwise if pupper doesn't mind getting wet at the stream crossings. Pepper rock hopped mostly while Toby and Emma liked a bit of a jump in. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: What a great hike mixing a little winter adventure, a nice Fall like end to the hike, and excellent trail companions. Georg and his dogs joined Pepper and Me for the whole hike, and Bruce joined us for the descent from the hut. The 5000'+ peaks were in the clouds when we were on our peaks, but clear on the drive home. 24F on S. Twin with strong gusty winds, but except for the open exposed small cone area, the trees sheltered us quite a bit. The snow started around 2900' and it was winterlike on top where we put on several layers, but at the hut we lounged around like a summer day, and it was warm at the end. Georg finished another month of his 12x12 grid. We only saw one other pair of hikers on the trails today, but we could see a group had hiked Gale River earlier and we knew a couple of guys who did the Twins. My only regret is missing the pictures on the peaks when the clouds lifted - they must have been great.  
Name: Pepper and Me and Georg 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2010-10-23 
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