|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH|
||Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail, snowmobile trail, Gale River Road|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, May 13, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Gale River Trailhead; plenty of space on a Thursday |
||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 |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings were easily rock hopped |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||met a few who found the conditions lovely |
||Not bad until I got down low at the end of the day, then the blackflies were out |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
||Beth Z. |
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.