Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Bever Brook Rest area. Plenty of parking 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Only a few small crossing and they were easily rock hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few step overs on the Gale River trail. The N.Twin Spur is full of step overs and crawl unders and the spruce are all bent over into the trail. Difficult and slow going. We got pretty wet too. Trail was also a little tough to follow especially if your not familiar with the area.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Didn't see any today. Would have been tough for them in the power snow and breaking trail.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost one black mitten on the N.Twin Spur tr.  
Comments: We started out today to do Hale but decided to get Galehead out of the way. It was cloudy down low and not much views anyway. Looked like a group in front of us with a packed trail. We caught the AMC group just as you start to climb steeper to the ridge. They let us pass and we broke trail to the hut and up to Galehead. As we came out to the hut we were surprised by bright blue sky and warm sunshine. With a day like today we decided we couldn't pass up the chance to get the Twins too! So we heading up S. Twin and ran into the AMC group again (about 10-12 of them) As we passed and helped break trail to the summit we were rewarded with a great under cast day with nothing but blue skies. As we headed over to N.Twin besides breaking trail there were many trees bent over the trail making it very slow going as we climbed over and crawled under many snow covered trees. The summit of N.Twin was full of spruce traps. I stepped off the trail to take a leak and found myself up to my chest in snow and snowshoes tangled in the spruce below. Thankfully i was able to get out with the help of my poles. By the time we got back to S.Twin the sun was setting with beautiful views of 360 degrees. We put our headlamps on at the hut and hiked out in the dark but it was well worth it. You just don't get to many days like this! Thanks to Ashley for helping break trail today on what started out to be "Just Galehead".  
Name: Gumbhiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-02 
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