|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Brook XC ski trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 28, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Beaver Brook XC ski trails. Easy 1.2 miles to Gale River TH from there. Gary Moody Memorial Outhouse is currently locked. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Per the last TC report for Galehead, the new improved, official trail no longer crosses Gale River. If you come to a BIG river crossing, you have missed the trail relocation. (See comments.) You DO have to cross Garfield Stream and a couple of smaller ones. Garfield Stream was a wet rock hop but not terribly high today. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Flicked about 300 branches off the trail and did some hydro-engineering on the way out. There are maybe a half dozen blowdowns on Gale River Trail. Frost Trail could use a trim. |
|Lost and Found:
||Found a rather nice piece of jewelry... email me at muddylegs2004 at yahoo.com if you think it might be yours. ||
||Galehead, just Galehead... |
Bare boots to about 2400 feet, snowshoes from there because they make life SO much easier right now. Hard to believe Galehead Hut will be opening in a week. Still a ton of snow up there!
Ascending, the relocated trail section, a hard righthand turn, is easy to miss with current snow level. Previously there was a sign explaining "what's happening here," but the lower sign is gone. (Upper one is still there, and the relo is much more obvious descending.) I threw some more branches across the old trail at the lower relo junction. There is a single blue blaze at this spot. Should be a double.
Trout lilies are getting ready to open, finally!
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.