Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Garfield Ridge - East Peak, Garfield Ridge - West Peak, Mt. Garfield, Flat Top Mountain, Hawthorne Falls, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, herd paths, bushwhacks, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 11, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not many cars today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One blowdown early on Gale River Tr. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Took Gale River Tr. to Garfield Ridge tr. I followed the herd path to the east peak. I did the short, somewhat thick bushwhack to the west peak. From Garfield, I walked a very short distance down Garfield Tr. I began to bushwhack towards the col. with Flat Top Mountain, finding reasonably open woods and reasonable grades. The tightest woods on the way to Flat top were near the col. After summiting Flat Top, I returned to the col and began bushwhacking towards Hawthorne Falls, which from Becca's report I knew was right around 2,850 feet on Garfield Stream. I made sure to slab so I would not drop too low. On the way down to the col, I encountered some thick evergreens with blowdowns. I came out right near the falls, which are pretty spectacular. I followed the stream back out to Gale River Tr., checking out some smaller falls along the way. This was a very enjoyable route, albeit wet today.  
Name: zporterColdRiverCampCook 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-11 
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