Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Bushwhack, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, bushwhack, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River loop road is open. Haystack Mtn road is NOT, alas 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bushwhacked around the lower 2 Little River crossings. Used the log bridge 100 yds upstream from the 3rd crossing. The 3rd crossing would have been a hard wade/trash bag due to melt water. I recommend the log even if the crossing is hoppable because it is a bridge with a handrail that avoids mud and crawl unders if you stay on the trail. If descending N. Twin there is an arrow carved in a fir tree where you should descend the short bank to the log. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I admit to getting weary of slogging through cream of wheat. My guess is the point where you need traction has risen no more than 300 vertical feet since I did this loop in April. Spikes went on maybe a 1/4 mile above the river crossing. Tempted to switch to snowshoes for better traction and televators going up N. Twin but stayed in spikes. Put on snowshoes for the southern exposure getting to S. Twin and for the enhanced traction getting down to the hut. We bushwhacked from the summit of Galehead to the Garfield Ridge trail/Gale River trail junction. Saves time and at least 1/2 mile of walking but you are not going to do it without snowshoes. Easy open woods, even views! Back to bare boots on some monorail maybe 1/4 mile above the bluff on the Gale River trail. Usual running water in the Gale River trail. It is well named.  
Name: old man and the saw 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-19 
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