|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, South Twin, North Twin, NH|
||Beaver Brook ski trails, Gale River tr., Garfield Ridge tr., Frost tr., Twinway tr., North Twin Spur, North Twin tr., Snowmobile tr., roadwalk|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, December 1, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Spotted one car at Seven Dwarf and paid $5 parking fee.
Beaver Brook parking area plowed but surface is rough. Restrooms are closed for the winter. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||3rd crossing of Little River partially ice-bridge - sufficiently solid for us and the dogs to cross without wet boots or paws.
Everywhere else is a mix of open water (low), ice (not solid enough) and snow covered rocks. For the season - all rather straightforward. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One big blowdown half-way up Gale River tr. It has been trimmed and is easy to get under right now. More snow will make this a more troublesome spot.
A blowdown cluster half-way down North Twin tr. is a bit awkward to pass.
Possibly a blowdown cluster right in the saddle of North Twin Spur. There is/was sufficient snow to make navigation in the saddle non-trivial and we might have been just off the trail at that spot. In any event, it is easy to walk around.
Everything else in great condition. |
||Our dogs - Lucy and Brandy - had a fantastic outing and did great. Our biggest concern was the 3rd crossing of Little River but as stated above it was as good as we could possibly expect. |
|Lost and Found:
||Obviously these are pre-storm conditions: 2-4" low, 12-18" high. Trees along North Twin Spur heavily covered in "cement" snow. |
Barebooted from Beaver Brook to the view-point on Gale River tr. Then spikes to the hut - incl. up and down to Galehead. Snowshoes from the hut to 3rd crossing of Little River; then barebooted out.
Trails to Galehead Mtn. Solidly tracked out and pretty firm. Twinway and North Twin tr. broken out but very loose. We broke out North Twin Spur.
Whack between 1st and 2nd crossing of Little River was tracked out and it is easy to follow.
Followed the snow-mobile corridor (turns right just before FR304A) back to Little River Road (permitted use by owner - as opposed the herd-path along the brook which is not permitted by that owner).
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.