Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Roads to trailheads are closed, but there is some space to park near the start of gale river loop road.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings easily manageable by rock hopping or using ice bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Going up to Galehead was fine using snowshoes but would have been annoying without them (and would have screwed up the trail). Getting from there to Garfield was a different story, but I was expecting this and was prepared. As far as I could tell, no one had been on the trail since any of the snow came. I technically broke out the ~2.5 miles but I am just one person going one direction with one set of snowshoes. This is not a common route for winter, but if you feel like doing these mountains together, be sure to bring snowshoes. I would not have wanted to go down the steep but that’s just below the Garfield Ridge shelter/tent site. Snowshoes were helpful for the higher sections of the Garfield Trail, but microspikes would have sufficed for the lower parts, as the trail is icy with only a centimeter or so of snow cover.  
Name: Blueberry 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-01-20 
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