Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spotted a car, north twin trailhead had more cars than galehead 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: North Twin 3rd crossing, what is new... It was high (not the highest I have seen it) but still high. 2 of us crossed further up the river and 2 of us took our shoes off. Glae river crossings were rock hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Wow this snow storm did some damage for sure. North Twin trail prior to the crossing needs some help with blow down clearing. The gale river trail needs some clearing as well.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw one that did go all the way across but the dog would have to be ok with cold and wet conditions 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost nothing and found lots and lottttsss of trash at Galehead hut. There are 2 sleeping pads, a bag or two of trash and some wine bottles. Very sad. I was unable to grab this sad site. 
Comments: Well we headed off for the trio on this fine fine cold as hell morning in October with snow on the ground when we started. It was wet and water was running everywhere. Within about 15-20 minutes we saw our first couple of people heading back towards the trailhead which is never a good sign. Then we saw a group of 4 doing the same. Well we did the bypass around the first two crossings and got to the third and see above.

The next two miles was a mess, with running water and snow and raining snow from the melting trees. We saw another group of people that had turned around as their feet were wet and cold due to their foot attire of trail runners. We were most lucky enough to have all boots on and some extra socks in our packs. 3 of us had put spikes on at some point in the hike but I barebooted it just fine the entire way. Well there was about a foot of snow at the top of North twin and it looked like the first 2 people we saw at the foot missed the actual summit by stopping at the first view and heading to south. We then were in a winter wonderland heading to South. South Twin barely had any snow as it had blown off.

Heading down South Twin was an interesting thing for sure (slow going) but we made it back to the hut. We then went and grabbed the peak which only had a few inches on it with the different elevation change. Then after this we headed down which was still more of a sloppy mess. Once pretty low we were just walking in water, mud, and leaves. We were all able to make it out to have cake in the parking lot :).  
Name: Danielle, Suzanne, Ed, Chip 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-20 
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