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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Snowmobile trail, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spotted one car at Seven Dwarfs. Not plowed across the street from the hotel. Bring a shovel to clear the snowplow banks so you can get off the road. Or a jackhammer if it's been cold. And leave the owner $10 to preserve good relations of course. Spotted the other car at Five Corners. Had to clear a snowplow bank in the a.m. but the lot was plowed when we returned in the p.m. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings on North Twin Trail were uneventful. Snow and ice bridges over much of the running water, but probe carefully as you cross. Ice bridges and/or low water on Gale River Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some big blowdowns but you can walk around them 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Had one happy dog with us when we started, but her owner was not feelin it today so they split after a couple miles. 15+ inches of snow above 2500' which your dog will love. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 5-8" of new snow on the access route from Seven Dwarfs and on the lower elevations of North Twin Trail. This increases to roughly 15" as you gain elevation. None of the route was packed out until Galehead Hut, but it is a little bit now. Nora is superhuman and packed out the vast majority of North Twin Trail while I wheezed behind her like General Grievous. However there was just the two of us and the snow is still going to be pretty soft. If you have two pair of snowshoes, bring the floaty ones. Once we descended from South Twin on 15" of unbroken snow (whee!), the trip up to Galehead and then descent via the Gale River Trail was packed out thanks to Mardi et al. (see report below) but still plenty soft; bring the snowshoes. No monorail to speak of yet, so bare boots or spikes won't work. GRT over to Garfield is not packed out as of this writing.  
Name
Name: Muench, Nora 
E-Mail
E-Mail: erik.coder@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-17 
Link
Link: http:// 
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