Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Mt. Hale, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, bushwhack, Firewardens Trail, Hale Brook Trail, Zealand Road, US 302
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped off at trailhead for Gale River Trail-no vehicles on arrival. Road is open! Picked up at Zealand winter parking lot a short walk up the road on Rt302 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, 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, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Gale River crossings no issue. The 1st larger of the crossings descending from N. Twin was slightly elevated(Ammonoosuc River gage height was at 2.55 at 830. I crossed about 10 a.m. 60 feet upstream of trail crossing rock hopping with half inch of boot submersion  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 3 blowdowns on GR Trail,2 on GRT,Twinway has a couple of tangled blowdowns ascending. North Twin Trail has 6 or 7 blowdowns 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: none 
Bugs: an inchworm,a few flies 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: snow basket 
Comments: Plan G hike of these peaks after arriving at Appalachia with rain. Off and on rotten monorail patchy ice starting on the final ascent on Gale River Trail. Garfield Ridge has both stable and not monorail with still approx 2ft of snowpack in places. There is work being done at GH hut getting ready for the season.Twinway up and through N. Twin still has a fairly supportive but narrow monorail. Descending to 3200 feet on North Trail bare ground. after the first major crossing descending from N Twin i bushwhacked up from N Twin Trail to approximately 3160 intersecting with Firewardens Trail enjoying nice open woods,ledges with limited views as well as a unique rock feature. A mix of conditions from snow,brief freezing rain,and a short lived but extremely intense hail storm. While i was able to bareboot this entire hike, highly recommend snow shoes as there is still a 2ft snowpack on that is softening. i saw only one other hiker today on Zealand Road  
Name: scottb 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-11 
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