Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, US 3
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked at 5 corners sat ~7:30AM. there were maybe 5 cars and room for a few more 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Gale river trail crossing was high on sat (4/10) I bushwhacked upstream a ways and then found a place to rock hop. Warm weather will continue making this more difficult i think. Crossings on Garfield ridge trail on Sunday were easier to find rock hopping spots but not trivial. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: some blowdows and standing water needing irrigation work in the snow transition zones. garfield ridge trail between gale river trail and mount garfield trail was in rough shape. some serious postholing had occurred, far worse so than the other trails, slow going between the summits 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I saw one dog with my at the Garfield ridge shelter and passed a few more descending from Garfield on Sunday AM 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: rocket21 did a perfect job explaining the conditions up to garfield. the Garfield ridge trail between Galehead and Garfield was less traveled and in worse shape. Major postholing, you will absolutely want snowshoes to help traverse that section.

I stayed at the garfield ridge shelter Saturday night. i was the only one in the shelter, 1 person with a dog came late and stayed on a platform. The creek is not covered by snow and you can easily get water.

overall it was a great weekend in the woods. Bring your snowshoes! you'll regret it.  
Name: Nathan G 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-04-12 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share 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.

Copyright 2009-2024, All Rights Reserved