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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: US 3, Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 12, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road closed. Five Corners area well plowed but full, so I parked in the adjoining wide area off Tradeau Rd. with two other cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged or snowbridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: I took a few stems out on the way up and a few more on the way down, otherwise in the usual places there are duck under/push through spruce-fir branches. The packed area on the cone is probably off trail a bit but it works. The trail should be very well packed but the wind will likely fill in sections up high again. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The mighty tough little dog iced up early, and as we passed groups and the snow was less well packed, the iceballs moved up and eventually involved all of his legs and butt. He soldiered on and had fun running on the trip back.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Late start due to flat tire and stopping for a burning jeep in the notch. (All got out safely. I think I'll get a fire extinguisher for the car.) So I hiked light figuring I could hike fast to generate any needed heat, but Pepper iced up, I chilled my hands and we thus had to skip the chance to hike some with FranM et al that would have made the hike a lot more fun. Strong gusty winds on top blew my hat off four times, and me almost a couple more. Some skiers had broken the trail up to around 3800', another set of skiers were on the trail late in the hike. Met a nice AMC group, a couple of overnight campers, and a few others. Just a few flakes; some sun, and wind only in places and on top. Great snowshoe path, a perfect smooth trench, often as deep as Pepper is high.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 
Link
Link: http:// 
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