Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Mt. Lafayette (attempt), NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Space for 10 or so cars at Gale River Loop Road gate, easy access from Rt. 3 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Couple leaners on Mount Garfield Trail, no biggie 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw man nor beast up there today 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Our goal for the day was Garfield plus Franconia Ridge. We got as far as just above the Skookumchuck intersection before the wind turned us around and we went back the way we came. We didn't bother ascending Garfield a second time, but walked across Garfield Pond and then whacked out to Mount Garfield Trail where it turns up to the GRT intersection.

So here's the deal: we spiked all the way up Garfield, but those days are over. Sorry! The same wind that turned us around has also blown big drifts across the trail pretty much everywhere above 2500'. In the space of 4 hours the wind turned a superhighway up to the Garfield Ridge Trail into a windblown frozen desert landscape. 2 to 3 foot drifts everywhere. The lower reaches of the trail are still very firm and you could spike 'em, but by midway up the trail you'll need snowshoes for forward progress.

The Garfield Ridge Trail towards Lafayette _was_ in surprisingly good shape after a couple people went through doing a Pemi, not to mention our outbound excursion. However the wind has blown so much snow in there that you're back to square one.  
Name: Muench 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-22 
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