Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield , NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, logging roads
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Beaver Brook lot snowy, but easy to drive in. Typical trail access roads are snowmobile trails.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few on Gale River were open & hopable.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Garfield Ridge from Gale River to Garfield had a number of blow downs. (The high snowpack “helped” make it an issue ;-) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: 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.  
Name: Eric Army 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-16 
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