Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Loop Road is open. There was a thin coat of snow in the morning. By afternoon there were some stretches that were bare due tthe warm temperatures. Plenty of room in the small lot at the Garfield trailhead today. One note - the trail sign at the junction of the Garfield Trail and the Garfield Ridge Trail does not indicate the direction to the summit of Mt Garfield. This can leave hikers that have not consulted a guidebook or map in a quandary. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossings of Thompson and Spruce Brooks were not difficult. Use caution when stepping on rocks protruding above the water line as they may be ice coated. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail in good condition. Some trees had been cut after the 10/30 storm but overall there didn't seem to be much damage on this route. There are some step overs that presented no difficulties.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today. Trail is easy for dogs. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Microspikes provided sufficient traction even on the Garfield Ridge trail ascent to the top of Mt Garfield. The surface at the lower elevations was getting mushy in the afternoon warmth.
Good to talk with Wolfgang and Bill F today. Nobody lingered on the open summit today due to the strong winds. The tracks leading down the Garfield Ridge Trail to the campsite were filling in with snow. Great views from the summit as the air was dry.  
E-Mail: WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-21 
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