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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC Ski Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We parked cars at Beaver Brook Cross Country Ski Trails and Five Corners. Plenty of plowed parking at both.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were frozen over.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns along Garfield Ridge Trail. The first one we encountered going from Garfield to Galehead was below the steep section and confused us momentarily. The trail looks like it goes to the left Aronson nd it but it actually goes to the right. We quickly realized our mistake when the “trail” petered out within a few feet. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn’t see any.  
Bugs
Bugs: None.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing.  
 
Comments
Comments: Did this one with the Random Group of Hikers. The “blustery” forecast never materialized and it was a great day. The forecast may have kept people away - we didn’t see another person all day and didn’t see the first signs of another hiker (looked like a lone pair of snowshoe prints) until we were about ten miles into our hike. Broke trail all the way up to Garfield and then over to junction of Garfield Ridge Trail and Gale River Trail. Some deep drifts. Managed to easily descend the steep section below Garfield Ridge Campsite by staying along the edge. The snow was super dry and fluffy - it didn’t stick to anything.  
Name
Name: Michael & Monica 
E-Mail
E-Mail: michaelfblair@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-02-03 
Link
Link: http://www.meetup.com/rndmhkrs/events/246769343 
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