Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road, snowmobile trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All solidly bridged today 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Thanks to the lady yesterday who broke trail to Galehead. That was helpful! Sage and I were next on that track, followed by two wonderful ladies we met at the parking lot, Pam and Kiki (I apologize if that is not how you spell it). We had maybe 3 inches of fresh powder to deal with on the way to Galehead, maybe five inches of new stuff on the Frost Trail. There is now a nice snowshoe track up to Galehead.

No one had gone to South Twin from Galehead since the last storm. I broke trail all the way up that steep 0.8 miles, which meant busting through 5 inches to a foot of heavy snow, two feet with drifts, up that crazy steepness. I fell victim to spruce traps now and then. Many curse words were uttered. Took us an hour and a half to get up that 0.8 miles. To my knowledge, no one else has been on that section, so if you do this tomorrow or Friday snowshoes are absolutely crucial. Nothing is packed down, the drifts are deep, and you won't make it without snowshoes.

On South Twin, we met a couple who had camped at Guyot and broken out the Twinway from Guyot to South Twin this morning. We went ahead of them to North Twin - no one had been between South Twin and North Twin since the last storm, so there was more trail breaking to do. Sage went first this time and did a great job busting through the foot+ of snow and doing all the route-finding. On the way up to North Twin, my left leg (with a lot of vein damage from previous DVTS) let me know it was done for the day. Sage and I decided it would be better for us to take our chances and descend North Twin and either beg for a ride back to our car or call Alex and have her figure out a ride for us. Me going back up South Twin from North Twin would have meant my leg cramping to the point of being useless for a while....we did the safer thing and did the unplanned traverse instead of the out-and-back. I haven't had my leg cramp up on me like that in a long time -- I think South Twin killed it today. Anyway, a couple of guys were heading to South Twin from North Twin - they had come up North Twin Trail - and one of them agreed to give me a ride to my car if I waited for them at 7 Dwarfs. This was awesome, so Sage and I descended North Twin Trail (which has now seen a nice amount of traffic and has a nice snowshoe track) and waited outside 7 Dwarfs until the guys showed up, then I got the ride to my car. Thanks, Todd! My gimpy leg and I appreciate your kindness.

So to sum it all up - Gale River Trail and North Twin Trail have both seen a nice amount of snowshoe traffic today. Between the Twins has a snowshoe track, but it is SOFT. From Galehead up to South Twin...only Sage and I have been on it.

Snowshoes critical.  
Name: Trish and Sage 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-24 
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