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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Beaver brook rec lot was a lot more busy than expected. A couple groups (including ours) and a few solo hikers - most doing out and backs to avoid the water crossing on North Twin trail. The lot was no longer a sheet of ice as some described in earlier reports, thanks to the last snowfall. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Not fully bridged. Able to navigate as rocks underneath ice were easily discernible. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No pups today :( 
Bugs
Bugs: Some snow fleas and a couple snow spiders 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Found: Neck gaiter between north and south twin . Describe it and will mail it to you. 
 
Comments
Comments: Amazing day in the sun, even if the sun was short-lived. We wore spikes past the crossings and past the half-frozen/half-slushy muddy sections until the trail became steep, then switched to snowshoes to conserve energy. We decided to skip Galehead (after a brief stop at the hut) and headed straight to the twins to try to beat the winds that were supposed to pick up in the afternoon. It was a good choice. Kept shoes on to hit both twins and back down, with some glissading to be had :) We had a nice break for more food and water at the hut and then headed out to Galehead. At the Galehead summit it was shoes off/spikes on all the way back to the parking lot. Sang some christmas carols to help us through the last few miles (the 12 days of Christmas surely took a mile) - I'm sure we scared some wildlife. Good times with great company.  
Name
Name: BubblesTheHiker 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kdoer@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-23 
Link
Link: http:// 
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