Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Beaver Brook Recreation Area parking lot is not plowed (but we had no problems with AWD/snow tires) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Mostly bridged, crossings are easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Forked trail, see below 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snowshoes are a must -- we put them on at the parking lot and kept them on the entire time. Even now that a couple people have done parking lot <-> South Twin since the last snowfall, the snow is still deep enough to require snowshoes.

There was one person who was breaking trail ahead of us, so we followed their snowshoe tracks all the way up. Apparently, at a confusing point in the trail at (44.21502, -71.59583), they went off-trail, and we followed (and apparently so did everyone else who hiked today). This incorrect route involves some unnecessary river crossings, walking on top of the river, and bushwhacking; it's not too bad, but it's unnecessary, and the correct trail is much nicer. This incorrect route re-joins the trail at (44.21502, -71.59583). On the way back down, we made sure to find the correct trail, and we broke trail from the merge point back to the original fork point. For anyone else hiking: when you see the fork on your way up, even though the fork to the left looks more popular, you should keep right (instead of going over the fallen tree to the left), and follow the trail markings.  
Name: Anish A 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-03 
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