|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Garfield, NH|
||Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 27, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Holy hell, was this hike popular today. Arrived around 8, and the lot was almost full. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush |
||Light Traction, Snowshoes |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Both crossings flowing pretty good, but able to be navigated with minimal boot wetness. Took the bushwhack to avoid the big crossing on the way down. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple duckunders, but nothing crazy. |
||Met Gypsy Hiker’s beautiful Maya on our way up 😍 |
|Lost and Found:
||Barebooted the road walk and trail all the way up to junction of GRT. Spikes went on then to help up and down the steeps. |
Road is almost clear of ice, bottom mile of the trail is free of snow/ice. Very pleasant to walk on bare ground without traction for a while. On the way up, snow/monorail appeared at about 2000’. By the time you hit the switchbacks, you’re on a (fairly) solid monorail, albeit about 8” wide. Higher up, there’s still 3-4’ of snowpack with some epic postholes.
Everything softened up on the way down. Monorail mostly stable until about 2700’. After that...yikes. It’s an absolute mess.
Spring has arrived in the Whites...let’s just hope the melt out continues.
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.