Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: parked at 5 corners 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: the major crossings on gale river and garfield i was able to cross within 20 feet of where the trail is. no need to bushwhack and find any spots. The ice is safe in spots, just use a pole or stick to test and use caution 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: a few blowdowns and leaners but all in all pretty good 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: vaya had a blast. garfield ridge trail just before the tent site is a frozen waterfall pretty much. any dog will need some sort of help here. 
Bugs: nada 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: lost Vayas bear bell somewhere between Galehead and Garfield i think. if you find it and have a dog, keep it. 
Comments: what a day. almost all of the trails taken today have seen very little traffic except garfield trail. it was cold this am and spikes got me all the way up to south twin. the north twin spur has seen very little traffic and this is where the shoes went on. It seems North twin has not been accessed from the north twin trail at all. spikes back on for our trek to the hut. dropped my pack and hit up galehead with no issues. once back to the hut we took a good solid break on the porch. it was super nice in the sun and i even got to take my actual shoes and socks off to let them breath. put snowshoes on for the journey over to Garfield. GRT has seen very very little traffic , snowshoes are a must. once just below the tent site the trail is a frozen waterfall. spikes worked fine here because the ice was soft, but it was still a little sketchy. Vaya needed help here and pretty much any dog would. just below the summit cone i dropped my pack and met 4 people that Vaya was very found of. hit the summit quick and back out in spikes with no issues. Vayas longest hike to date and she did great. Gaia had us at 9:59 and 20 miles. if anyone is interested i use the mountain hub app as well as gaia to track my hikes. i put my pics on that app and it also gives you a gps flyover of your hike. its awesome and free. both apps' gps work in airplane mode  
Name: R. Prudhomme 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-01-27 
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