Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook Ski Trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Beaver Brook  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: First crossing just after the start of Gale River Trail was hoppable with spikes. Second, more "significant" crossing was a quick hop with spikes--rocks all covered in ice. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Large blowdown at jct. with Garfield Ridge Trail; large blowdown at the beginning of the climb up to S. Twin on the Twinway--easiest to go around; N. Twin Spur is littered with poorly placed blowdowns that make the path a kind of difficult to decipher 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Bring 'em. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Overall, the trail is in decent shape after the rain. No snow down low until small patches begin a mile or so up Gale River Trail. The lower two miles of Gale River are very wet--I had to hug the edges of the trail to stay dry. Not enough cold to freeze the trail solid yet, apparently. Running water as you get higher on Gale, which turns to almost all hard pack monorail at the Slide. Only wore spikes to hop over the second water crossing.

Frost Trail was a bit punchy, but not terrible; spikes only on the way down.

Twinway has a solid monorail and a few blowdowns. Spikes, no snowshoes.

North Twin Spur has a bunch of blowdowns as you near the col from either direction. Take care going through here as several of them obscure the trail in areas where it's already a tricky find. No drifting up there this time around. Spikes, no snowshoes.

Overall the trails are in good shape considering the ra*n event. You're safe to leave the snowshoes in the car until the weather changes.  
Name: Nate Weeks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-25 
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