Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale Road, Gale River Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The crossings on the Gale River Trail and Mount Garfield Trail are fine. Although they may appear worse than they are, they are easily crossed.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A fair amount of tree litter and blowdowns in a variety of locations. Of note, three large blowdowns on Twinway as you leave the Galehead Hut, near the beginning of the steep ascent to South Twin. I cleared a handful of smaller blowdowns. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The road walk up Gale Loop Road to the trailhead is a breeze right now. I even saw some bicycle tracks. Barebooted to the trailhead and probably the first 3 1/2 miles of the Gale River Trail.

No need for snowshoes today. Microspikes were all that was needed, except for the steep section of the Garfield Ridge Trail below the Garfield Shelter, which required crampons; seriously icy.

Full range of conditions; felt like shoulder season conditions.

Nice to run into John and Pepper again. I think I only crossed paths with about 5 other hikers today, so I must have just timed things well.

Name: DEL 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-27 
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