Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The gates are still open. There was some ice on the road but not a big deal.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. The exposed rocks were covered in black ice.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Mount Garfield Trail and Gale River Trail are in great shape. There are a series of blow downs along the Garfield Ridge Trail between the Garfield Ridge Camspite and the junction with the Gale River Trail. We were able to easily navigate around but there is a big one (maybe four trees) about half way that could be a challenge once the snow falls.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one dog out there and it seemed to be doing OK.  
Bugs: No bugs.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There are a pair of low cut hiking shoes under the bench at the Galehead Hut.  
Comments: Did this one with Monica and the Random Group of Hikers. Wanted to take advantage of the good forecast and the road still being open. Snow starts at around 2,200 feet. Bare booted to the junction of Mount Garfield and Garfield Ridge. Kept them on until just before the first sign where the Gale River Trail was re-routed. Don’t think snow shoes will be needed until there is a good snow fall or two. The route down the waterfall just below the Garfield Ridge Campsite fairly easy to mavigate - some ice but if you’re paying attention and take your time it shouldn’t be an issue.  
Name: Michael and Monica 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-12-02 
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