Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We managed to get one of the last spots in the lot on Gale River Loop at 7:30am. Folks were soon parking on the road after that. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues, although I was surprised there was as much water in the river as there was. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One minor duck under on Gale River Trail. This trail is also severely eroded in places, with rock steps still remaining, but the sides of them washed away. Note that Galehead Hut has closed for the season as on 9/7/2020. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure. We saw many happy pups. 
Bugs: Nope. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: FOT48 crew, party of four, plus a group of scouts. Since we had a somewhat large team, we split up into groups. Arrived on the summit just around noon and quickly set up the flag. Also took the herd path to the outlook ledge near the summit where there is a restricted view to Franconia Ridge. From the Frost Trail outlook, the flag on South Twin was visible.

Very, very busy in this area today (I've never seen this many people on Galehead), to the point of being somewhat frustrating at times. We were pushed off the trail a couple times by trail runners as we were hauling up the bulky flagpole system, and many folks seem to be unaware that a pandemic is still happening. Galehead's compact summit area was quite tight with visitors and peak baggers.

That said, the weather could not have been more perfect. Pleasant cool temps and just a slight breeze; perfect hiking weather. Thanks to C for leading -- as she always does -- and congrats to the fellow who finished his 4Ks on Galehead while we were up there.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-12 
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