Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, herd paths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Haystack Road and Gale River Road closed. There is room to park 7-8 cars at end of Little River Road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Hiked in from Little River Road. Skipped lower river crossings. Upper river crossing was doable. There's a snow ramp down, stepping stones, and fortuitous debris to climb out on.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This hike is exactly 14 miles. The snow was very firm and Temps were below freezing at upper elevations making spruce traps and post holing impossible. Shallow powder makes traction excellent.

Trails were easy to follow between Twins. Trail was obvious and blazes plentiful.

Snow conditions changed drasticly down in Gale River Valley. South side of valley was in the shade most of day and was fine, but when I crossed the Gale River to sunny side of the trail postholing started to become a problem. Second river crossing was easy. Trail appeared to be packed better here and postholing not as much of problem.

I'm very glad I took Jeremy's suggestion to do the whole trip rather than doing the Twins as out & back. The whole loop is something special.  
Name: Jazzbo (Ray Caron) 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-03-20 
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