|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road, US 3|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 16, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at Beaver Brook Rec Area |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction, Traction, Snowshoes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Nothing to note, then; but the snowbridges are melting fast (especially along the Little River crossings along North Twin Trail) |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Even though I packed my snowshoes, I bare-booted most of the Gale River Trail. Although there were frozen postholes, throughout the hike, that I assume was from a lone hiker not too long ago, the snow was packed. |
It wasn’t until just at the end of Gale River Trail, below Garfield Ridge Trail, when I put on my crampons. And kept them on for the duration of the hike.
Although most of the trails could’ve been easily done with micro spikes, it was at that steep ascent up to South Twin where crampons made the difference. I would definitely recommend crampons for that .8 mile to the top.
The only painful part of the hike was that 2.5 mile walk down the closed Haystack Road. Since I had parked at Beaver Brook Rec Area, I wasn’t looking forward to that boring hike down Rt 3, but fortunately, a hiker stopped by and offered me a ride half way down the road. Even though it was only a five minute drive, it saved me a half hour of pain, haha.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.