Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water was low, crossings weren't difficult 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: On Gale River Trail 2 large step-overs and a bog bridge with a log missing that didn't seem like a big deal the last time I went over it in dry conditions however, today I stayed low and opted to pick my way around the rocks/debris and used the bridge as a hand rail instead pushing my luck.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none today 
Bugs: no 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Shoes (low slip-on type camp shoes) on the porch. I decided to leave them due to the way they appeared intentionally tucked under the bench.  
Comments: Mostly bare trail to start with minor muddy sections, the mud was partially frozen and springy soft with a dusting of snow that increased to a few inches. After the second water crossing the trail is in great shape with a packed base, the new snow coverage made for decent traction barebooting. I stopped for hot tea and adjustments at the Gale River/Garf. Ridge junction and intended to put spikes on there, but I didn't find it necessary this morning. All the snow on the Frost Trail makes you forget how unforgiving the footing is normally. Although I didn't use traction at all today, this was a rare occasion and some might want it.
Didn't see any other hikers out today. As a side note - there wasn't any tracks heading up Twinway. Excellent day out in lightly falling snow, thanks to Buffalo Girl for the good company.
Name: Rachel 
E-Mail: ball one three one one at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-11-26 
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