Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, snowmobile trail, Gale River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Gale River Trailhead; plenty of space on a Thursday 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were easily rock hopped 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: met a few who found the conditions lovely 
Bugs: Not bad until I got down low at the end of the day, then the blackflies were out 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Conditions were pretty good for a spring hike. Gale River Trail bare until around 3200'+ where a soft but stable monorail prevailed. Some were barebooting; I found microspikes helpful. Area around Galehead Hut bare. Used spikes for Galehead.

Garfield Ridge Tr. between the two peaks was a constantly evolving mix of bare trail, partially exposed rocks, solid monorail, and rotten/melting/soft monorail. The water was really coming down the steep cliffy band as I approached the spring at Garfield tent site area. Once on the Garfield Tr., soft but solid monorail to the summit. Summit area was bare rock. Bumped into Tim & Gryffin.

When I descended past the monorail, I bushwhacked downhill a bit to avoid three or so of the switchbacks on the trail (woods much softer on the feet than the exposed rocky trail).

I picked up the snomo trail (around 1800' where the trail meets the brook) to shortcut back to Gale River Loop Rd. and my car.

Name: Beth Z. 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-14 
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