Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, November 8, 2009
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: West branch of Gale River Road still closed due to bridges. East branch of Gale River Road and Haystack Road open. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bypassed first two North Twin crossings via herdpath. Third crossing a bit tricky, but doable. Garfield Trail water crossings rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Decent sized blowdown up high on Garfield Trail (not far from old Garfield Pond Trail) that has been limbed, but is still in the airway. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snow started perhaps halfway up North Twin Trail, continued generally to Garfield - no more than an inch deep. No traction was needed to get up to North Twin. Microspikes needed to get from North Twin to South Twin - some blue ice bulges on the rock scrambles. Twinway from South Twin to hut was very difficult in places due to large ice bulges - too much for Microspikes (had to bushwhack around a few). Crampons would be needed to get up the tricky portion at the moment.

From hut to Galehead, Microspikes sufficed. From Gale River Trail junction to Garfield, Microspikes sufficed. A few ice bulges, including on the ledges on near East Garfield Ridge Peak - care was needed to get down those. Steep portion prior to campsight was surprisingly not overly icy. Microspikes needed to comfortably get down to the old Garfield Pond Trail junction, but barebootable below there. Some mud pits down low.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2009-11-08 
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