Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Owls Head, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Twin Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Owls Head Path, bushwhack, Franconia Brook Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 27, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Loop Rd is open for business!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Very scary after the rain on Sunday. Up to my thighs, white water, had to walk up .3 in some spots to find a "safe" spot to cross. You will get wet. Just embrace it! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: quite a few blow downs, on the back side of Lincoln brook trail it's so wet and markers are so limited on trees it's very easy to lose the trail. We met someone who had turned around because he lost it, but continued on with us and we found it and went up Owls together.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: so many dogs spotted, favorite was a HIKING CHIHUAHUA coming down Owls!!! fluffiest was a good boy I met at Galehead hut  
Bugs: they'll only find you if you stop  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 3 Day backpacking trip over Galehead, camped at Thirteen Falls, took Lincoln Brook Trail to Owls head, up the slide, bushwhacked down the back, and packed up at thirteen falls, up to Garfield Tentsite, Garfield, then out Garfield Trail. No issues up Galehead. Most people take Lincoln woods trail in to Owls, so this report is only coming in the back side. Crossed about 7 rivers, some were up to my thighs with white water as it poured the night before. Levels were scary high, probably shouldn't have crossed them that day. But did anyways ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ the beginning of Owls up the slide was dry, the middle was more wet, and once you reached the flat section at the top the snow and mud appeared and you were walking on monorail and crumbling monorail the whole time until you reached the cairn. Didn't pull out my spikes the whole day. It was already 6pm by the time we made it to the top (started from Thirteen falls at 11:30am) so we made the call to bushwhack off the back instead of doing all of the water crossings again potentially in the dark. Had a compass and map and saw a lot of beautiful scenery and moose poop, made it down to the exact point we aimed for at around 9pm, made 1 water crossing and back to Thirteen falls. DO NOT recommend the bushwhack without a map and compass!! Made it up to Garfield shelter by 2am, the rock climbing on the AT right before the shelter is scary when it's a waterfall, very wet don't recommend doing at 1am. Garfield was stunning the next morning, and long walk out to the car. Crazy weekend but fun!  
Name: Misseleniius 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-05-28 
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