Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: As many now know, Gale River Rd is OPEN. 8 cars in the lot at 9:15, 6 at 3:00  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable on Gale River Trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 3 blowdowns (step-over) on Gale River Trail, 3 big blowdowns (step-over) headed up to S. Twin about .1 mile from the hut 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 2 happy dogs, both off leash and very well behaved 
Bugs: Swarms of biting black flies in the parking lot. Did not follow me on trail but there were various other insects flying around on all parts of the trail today. Definitely time to start packing the bug nets. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: Gale River Trail is mainly dry and water crossings are low (rock-hoppable). There are a couple patches of avoidable mud and only one patch of snow just before the junction with Garfield Ridge.

Garfield Ridge trail to the hut was more wet with an unstable monorail and patches of snow starting roughly .1-.2 miles after the gale river junction. Monorail was not stable and some parts of trail were bare. The area around the hut was bare and dry.

Frost Trail at times had a solid monorail but for the most part up to galehead summit was soft snow. Trail was also muddy & wet.

From the Hut up to South twin there was a mixture of soft/slushy snow, firm monorail, hard packed ice, and dry/bare rock.

North Twin spur was pretty much all snow covered with only a couple bare spots. Parts of the trail had firm monorail. Other parts had slushy, spring snow with a very unstable monorail. Post-Holing was inevitable

I wore spikes & gaiters from Galehead hut up to the twins & back. Really stellar day in the Pemi Wilderness with great views and hardly any crowds. Saw 7 people total all day.  
Name: Nmorin02 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-05-17 
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