Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trails, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 10, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We left my truck at Haystack road. Entrance to Haystack Road not plowed (someone had shoveled a one vehicle spot which at 7:00am was occupied). I stashed my truck off the road into the snow bank. Parked our other vehicle at Beaver Brook. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Little River crossing on North Twin Trail bridged, minor step overs in other spots. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck unders and step overs, limbs hanging down loaded with ice but overall clear sailing. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw no dogs, people all day 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Two of us on this trip. From Beaver Brook trailhead to Galehead Hut there was 3-6 inches of fresh powder on a stable monorail. At the Hut there was heavy thigh deep drifting heading toward Galehead. Once in the woods 3-6 inches of powder on stable monorail to the summit. From Galehead Hut to the summit of South Twin solid 6-8 inches of fresh powder (traction a challenge here, very steep, lot of slipping back even with snowshoe lifts) to above treeline. Once above treeline it was blown off, icy & windy. Snowshoes still good enough traction to get through summit area. Once heading toward North Twin on North Twin trail the snow increased especially in the col and heading up to North Twin. At times no semblance of a trail so route finding challenging in areas and varied snow depths from ankle deep to thigh deep from drifting. Once on North Twin summit we were pleased to see whoever had parked at Haystack had come up North Twin trail and back creating a track. As of last night from North Twin summit to Haystack Road there was a decent track (4 peoples worth on snowshoes) on packed powder, stable monorail. Not sure if this is a winter route along Little River but it only has the one crossing which was bridged just fine. After that it followed the river up the right side heading out instead of the normal two more crossings. It snowed most of the day and tracks were getting filled in quickly from the wind on South Twin. Haystack Road a snowmobile highway.  
Name: Randy Bartlett 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-02-11 
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