Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, Garfield Ridge - East Peak, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, herd paths, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Both Garfield and North Twin lots were already overflowing before 7:30. Longest line of parked cars I've ever seen at either upon returning this afternoon. One obnoxious parker nearly blocked the bridge near the Garfield trailhead. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Only blowdowns I recollect were a few large ones in the col between North and South Twin. Severe, unmitigated erosion and trail creep throughout, exacerbated by "social distancing." 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal, apart from some small ground yellow jackets between East and West Garfield Ridge. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: North Twin Trail was generally dry this morning. North Twin Spur had some large mud pits prior to South Twin. Twinway was generally dry this morning, but super busy (passed someone every just about every minute), as was the Frost Trail.

Largest crowd I've ever seen gathered around the hut. Mask mandate to go instead to use the bathroom. Water spigot outside, but kind of gross watching someone rubbing their face mask on it?

Garfield Ridge Trail was slippery in places, particularly after the rain showers started early in the afternoon. Also busy, passing people every few minutes. Nice and quiet on the East Garfield Ridge ledges (fairly obvious herd path from near the height of land). Stretch just below the campsite is basically a brook. Lots of bootleg campsites taking hold.

Garfield Trail was damp and a little greasy this afternoon from the passing showers.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-15 
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