Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC Ski Trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the Beaver Brook ski area -- we were just one of two vehicles there. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings are open -- snow bridges gone -- except over one or two small drainages. Water was high on all crossings, meaning some creative bushwhacks on a couple, as well as wading through a couple (helpful to have waterproof boots) in a few inches of water. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing of note. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A great day to be out.

We originally planned Galehead Mountain and South Twin, but got a late start and ran out of time. Plus, the Gale River Trail is a bit slow-moving right now (flooded/running water in some sections down low, water crossings open, and post-holed narrow monorail higher up), such that by the time we reached the Twinway we were just out of time. Trail conditions resembled those of early spring.

Snowshoes were crucial for avoiding crotch-deep postholing on Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, and upper mile or two of Gale River Trail.

As mentioned, water levels were pretty high early in the day but eased up a bit as temperatures dropped in the afteroon. Gale River rapids were muddy in the morning but by afternoon had cleared up considerably.

We saw evidence of one other person, but otherwise had the trails to ourselves.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-03-03 
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