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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Mt. Guyot, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Snowmobile trails, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Seven dwarfs motel bc we read another report on here it was ok as long as you left $10 and a note on the windshield. We were gone all day, came back to an undisturbed car absent of the note + $10, so seems good...like the toothfairy. We went up the privewater driveway on the right near the southern end of the road, then took the 2nd left into the woods in sight of the private home. Apparently nice home owners with a welcome hikers sign near the bridge. On the exit from Gale River Trail to Beaver Brook parking (car spotted), we had trouble picking up the xc trail bc no more snow packed footprinted trails. Snows all gone...sadly. We ended up bushwhacking within 100 yards of the p-lot. It was a mini adventure...still probably more fun and timely than road walking it out 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Large river crossing to start going up North Twin trail, but avoidable 50 yards upstream. I also think theres a bushwhack that avoids crossing it altogether as you cross back over the same river soon after 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Beginning of the hike started off soft corn and mud, but quickly gave way to packed frozen crust. The rain from mid week hit every elevation including the highest elevation we got (S twin). It made for a fast ascent, no traction used, but probably helpful to most/some. When huffing it to Guyot from S Twin, there was only evidence of 1 snowshoe track and we were postholing every 40 steps. At the risk of being a hypocrite (mumble curses at postholers), we switched to snowshoes and it was a great decision. We were still battling tree branches to the face every other step with the tall snowpack.

Kept snowshoes up and down S Twin as well as Galehead. Switch to spikes descending down Gale River Trail. They weren't absolutely necessary but helped us cruise down much quicker, so no-brainer. Note- it was pretty cold 10-15F most of the day, so nice and firm conditions. A good day to take off from backcountry skiing for some good ole-fashion hiking  
Name
Name: Low Low Sodium 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-03-16 
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