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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked up on the gate about 100 yds into Gale River Loop Rd. Makeshift lot there is snow and ice covered, but plowed, about 10 cars can fit comfortably. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All have stable ice bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Started out on the 16th around 9 AM, with the intent to go all the way to Galehead on day 1, but deep powder and a barely broken trail made that difficult. Someone barebooted all the way to the summit of Garfield, and while I salute their stamina, that did make it difficult to snowshoe at points. Deep snow, low overhanging trees that kept catching my pack, and light but constant snowfall made for somewhat demoralizing conditions. I summited Garfield around 2 PM in thick clouds and gusty wind. After being the second person to go down Garfield Ridge Trail I made camp at Garfield tentsite after seeing that the rest of Garfield Ridge Trail past the turnoff for the tentsite was completely unbroken. The next day offered stunningly clear weather, so I retraced my steps and went back up Garfield for some epic views. As of the afternoon of the 17th, Garfield Trail is free of postholes and is well packed down.  
Name
Name: Stephen Hoeprich 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-18 
Link
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