Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Thirteen Falls, Mt. Garfield , NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twin Brook Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 28, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: no problems - lots of cars in both lots, but, plenty of parking available.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water crossings on Gale River Trail a little dicey - thought I was home-free at the 3rd crossing, but, slipped and fell in well up to my hip - filled up both boots on the scramble to get out, but, that was good b/c it was cooler that way :) Also, crossed over 13 Falls - feet wet again, oh well!!! 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: upper portions of Twin Brook Trail very brushy and some chainsaw-ready blowdowns. Franconia Brook Tr above 13 Falls was a wet mess - is it *really* a trail????  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Gale River Trail and 13-falls areas surprisingly bug-free. Black flies attacked at the Garfield trail - VERY vexing!!!! Still avoided the deet, tho.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Awesome day with no summit views. Startled a moose & calf on Gale River Trail. Rocks slippery/greasy all the way to Garfield. Great to run into Gary T on Galehead, then, Ed & Guy on Garfield. LOVED Twin Brook Trail: the lower portions near 13 falls were FILLED with huge areas/masses of hobblebush in white bloom amongst glades of birch set against the hazy white sky with the slight green edge of Owl's Head peeking out above - just AWESOME - you gotta see this area - nice wide skidder roads, too!!!! 13-falls area GORGEOUS with the overarching shoulder of Owl's Head - nice and sunny there. Garfield Ridge trail was very slippery/greasy in general, and, the trail/steeps going up the cone to Garfield formed a nice waterfall. At the end of the day, a NICE dip in the Gale River was just perfect!!!!  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-05-28 
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