Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Trail lot was half full around 7:15 and full before 11. Garfield Trail parking was a mess; probably half a mile of cars on the road, including two areas in which I don't think a full sized pick up truck would be able to get through (cars on both sides of the road, car too close to the one-lane bridge). On the drive back, Franconia Notch was a mess around 11 with many cars parked on the side of the highway (one state trooper appeared to be telling people not to park there, but others were parking around the corner and walking by on the side of the highway), and significant backed up traffic. Lincoln northbound exit also backed up quite a ways. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Took out a bunch of deadfall on the Gale River Trail. A few minor blowdowns remain. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Gale River Trail was damp with a coat of fresh leaves on the flats, and slippery on the wet rock steps on the steeps. Garfield Ridge and Frost Trail were also damp.

Galehead Hut is now boarded up and the outdoor water spigot has been disabled.

Foliage seems to be past peak, but there are still some decent colors and some green leaves.

Cloudy morning with fog engulfing the ridge. This set of trails was not as busy as when I came through a few month ago, perhaps in part due to the hut being fully closed.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-03 
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