Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot was still showing signs of overflowing yesterday. Picked up one of the last spaces a little after 7. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Two stepover blowdowns just beyond Burnt Ridge. A majority of the waterbars are full/non-functional, resulting in active, unmitigated erosion. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: A deer fly down low and some black flies on the summit, but generally not too bad. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Really sad to see how quickly and severely this once-smooth trail is eroding. Lots of mud and extended stretches of trail with water running down it. Quite a few herd paths resulting in trail creep. Lots of brook-bed-esque rocky stretches. Lots of gullying (where the trail is now multiple feet lower than the adjacent terrain with no where for the water to drain). There is still time to save this trail with a decent amount of work, but the pendulum is swinging.

Great morning weather with air much nicer than yesterday. Had the summit to myself briefly with good views and a gentle breeze. Looks like the Garfield Ridge tent site must have been packed last night.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-05 
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