|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, December 10, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Empty lot at 7 a.m. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Most crossings are bridged either by snow or ice, all manageable with care. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||a few step-overs on Gale River. One large step-over at the junction of Gale River and Garfield Ridge Trail. |
|Lost and Found:
||Beaver Brook x-country trail is easy to follow. The Gale River Loop Rd is a nice walk on snowmobile tracks. Gale River Trail is in superb shape, all packed out nicely, no postholes. |
I bare booted on the hard pack trail to the junction of Gale River and GFRT where I put snowshoes on and left them on the rest of the day. The conditions were very good and made the day pleasant although I did a few things differently and it made for a tough day for me. Typical South Twin summit, stunning with biting winds. The ridge between the peaks required some route finding where the snow had completely blown into the trench. The only difficult part of the day was- those pesky arm poker, pack grabbing branches that were on the North Twin Spur. Roughly 1 inch to 10-inch drifts. Had a glimpse of Mt Washington for 8 seconds. North Twin was just as stunning and felt slightly more remote than normal.
The North Twin corridor looked to be a narrow unbroken tunnel.
A great 12th hike out on the Twins today- thanks to Billy for keeping me company on this cold day that felt like winter, but wasn't really winter.
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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.