Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Easily accessible parking space for 10+ cars at Gale River Loop Road gate. Couple people parked on Rt. 3, not sure I would do that. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple leaners on Mount Garfield Trail, easy limbo under. GRT towards Lafayette has some blowdowns but who goes there? And you're 5' up in the treetops anyhow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Several dogs. Please pick up after though, jeez! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Garfield was a popular spot today. Several hikers plus a few skinners/skiers. Road walk in as well as almost the entirety of Mount Garfield Trail is pretty tamped down. I spiked up with zero postholing, but kept the snowshoes on from my GRT excursion for the descent. Saw a few more postholes than on the way up, so the snow may be softening. So, spikes probably fine but bring the shoes.

My real mission was to see what Garfield Ridge Trail was like on the way to Lafayette for a possible Garfield + Franconia Ridge hike Monday. Didn't want to even attempt it if there was 7 feet of snow in that col. Much to my surprise the surface was pretty packed with maybe 2 inches of light powder to floof through on the way down to the col. Pretty much the same conditions down there as far as I went, which was not far beyond the pond. Freakin' carwash in places and it'll be somewhat of a fight, but I expected much worse. Coulda knocked me over with a feather. Or a cedar branch to the face. Brought crampons and an ice axe in case I had to fight my way out but needed neither, just the snowshoes were fine. Maybe we'll see what the _rest_ of the trail is like Monday.  
Name: Muench 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-20 
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