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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, herd path, Firewardens Trail, Haystack Road, Forest Road, herd path, Little River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped off at Beaver Brook Rest Area picked up on Little River Road  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All low and passable today. Crossings on Gale River trail open and hoppable.The 1st big crossing descending from North Twin was no issue. USGS Ammonoosuc Gage Height was at 2.66 feet at summit of North Twin down from 2.71 early this morning making for an easy crossing. This could change quickly with rising temps 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Nothing notable on GRT,Frost Trail, a few leaners on North Twin Spur, 7 blowdowns on North Twin Trail- most are stepovers or walkunders. Firewardens Trail has a few blowdowns remaining one being a trimmed mass just above viewpoint otherwise minor stepovers. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today 
Bugs
Bugs: Black flies one biting,several butterflies 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Great hike of these peaks. started this morning when I unexpectedly teamed up with a fellow Gridder for Galehead thru the Twins and beyond. Started bareboot until icy monorail then micros until the last steep before intersection of Garfield Ridge then snowshoes until a short distance beyond water crossing on N. Twin Trail.Bareboots until 2800 feet on Firewardens Trail then snowshoes until returning to approximately 2700 feet. We followed a fantastic bushwhack noted in an earlier report from the weekend to Galehead just off the Garfield Ridge Trail. This BW still has deep snow,spruce traps and snowshoes are absolutely needed. Overall monorail today had a solid base at upper elevations with an inch or two of mashed potatoes on top. Lower elevations had very soft rotting monorail. It was nice crossing paths and chatting with another hiker I met on the Hancock's yesterday. Very small world for sure! We saw only one other hiker after crossing Little River on the herdpath. Peepers were putting on quite an orchestra at the bog on the herdpath this afternoon. A sure sign of spring.Highly recommend snowshoes in the upcoming days as there still is considerable snowpack at upper elevations.568/576  
Name
Name: scottb 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mainebeefman@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-08 
Link
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