Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road closed. parked at Beaver Brk Ski Area 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Slush, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Skis 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A little higher than normal; exposed rocks covered in ice; could pick a line through most crossings within a hundred feet of actual crossings; I stepped on rocks below surface mostly ;). 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: several of significance along the GRT.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none! 
Bugs: none! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I skied the monorail and the parts of the road still snow-covered to the summer TH; coverage was sparse!!! Popped on the snowshoes there and kept them on until back at the summer TH; trail was firm between the open water puddles and mud. Saw a LARGE moose cow near the river a couple times as I was thinking, "What the heck is a draft horse doing on the trail?" VERY windy at the hut. Could NOT find trail at ALL from hut up to summit so I bushwhacked up, occasionally hitting faint snowshoe prints, and finally losing them. Finally took out the GPS near the summit - I did NOT want to get turned back on this one again in April!!! Actually had views of Garfield and the Franconia Ridge from the summit!!! WOW!!!! On the descent, saw a rather large (10' long) splatter/spray of fresh blood with some (moose?) hair in it near the river, where I had seen the moose... weird. Nobody else on the trail, but, pretty ideal conditions. A GREAT day!!!!  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-04-16 
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