|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield , NH|
||Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, logging roads|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 16, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Beaver Brook lot snowy, but easy to drive in.
Typical trail access roads are snowmobile trails. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few on Gale River were open & hopable. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Garfield Ridge from Gale River to Garfield had a number of blow downs.
(The high snowpack “helped” make it an issue ;-) |
|Lost and Found:
||The trails are solid! |
Gale River was beautiful — hard pack nearly the whole way; very little drifting — fast spike access!
Ridge traverse From Gale River to galehead was also in great shape — a couple minor drift areas, but really solid base.
Garfield ridge from Gale River to Garfield ... lots of drifting, very little passage. Frozen base was choppy; signs of snowshoe postholing. Rather hard to navigate— identifying trail, unpacked trail with cross slope, trail-crossing branches at your knees. Alpine snowshoes recommended. The very steep sections weren’t ice— users choice whether kicking steps or televators will give you the best purchase. This section took 2 to 3x longer per mile than the rest of the hike.
And Garfield Trail ... you can cruise down the top mile or so ... but below that it’s 2 to 3 miles of frozen post holes — many look snowshoe sized; it was warm last week. I took a random logging road to go east back to beaver Brook; untracked snow was hard enough I wouldn’t sink in, even just in micro spikes.
Access roads were snowmobile groomed; no snowshoes required.
||Eric Army |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.