Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield (attempt), NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked across the street in the plowed bit off of Trudeau Rd. Only car at 1000, one other car at 1500 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged over 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One or two duck unders 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: I'm pretty sure I was the only one to climb galehead today! Was not expecting to have to break trail all the way to the summit. Snow gets deep pretty quickly, maybe an inch or so of powder at the bottom but very drifty and powdery at the summit, well over a foot. The average powder depth for the duration of this hike I would estimate to be 5". Saw the sign at the Gale River Tr junction that said Garfield campsite was 2.6 miles away, and I decided I didn't want to break trail OR summit garfield and not have any views, so I returned the way I came. I got lucky on galehead and by the hut to have nice views, but I don't think they lasted very long. These trails should be lightly broken out now, as I was solo.  
Name: Emily 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-23 
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