Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No other cars in the lot.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were rock hoppable but I walked about 25 steps upstream in order to cross without garbage bags or wet feet  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There is a large blow down just before the 2nd water crossing that obliterates the trail. There are a few other large blowdowns that are easy to step over. There is only a fade blue blaze at the sharp turn for the rerouted trail. I while the old trail is blocked off with lots of birch limbs, it would be helpful to have double blue blazes, indicating a sharp turn. I know that it’s hard to know for certain which way to go when there’s significant snowfall.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dog with me but conditions are great for dogs.  
Bugs: Not yet! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost: 1 Windstopper glove at the hut 
Comments: Given all the rain on Sat, it was no surprise that the lower trails are very wet & bare. Lots of mud, mud puddles, standing water & running water on the trails. The bushwhack is easy to follow. I bare booted to within a mile of Garfield Ridge Trail junction. The trail quickly segued from bare to a fairly solid, if narrow, monorail. There was about 3-4” of fresh snow at higher elevation. The snow was light and fluffy on the way up, wet and sticky on the way down. I switched from spikes to snowshoes for better traction and televators but that’s a personal preference. I met 2 young men on my way down but other than that, I had the trails to myself. Seems like everyone was hiking Garfield. ;) Beautiful hike but challenging at upper elevation.  
Name: Elizabeth 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-04-29 
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