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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 18, 2009
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road and Haystack Road closed and gated. Spotted a vehicle at Beaver Brook XC lot (US 3), and then parked at end of Little River Road (7 Dwarfs not plowed, and no no parking signs at end of road). The previously closed snowmobile bridge across Little River has been rebuilt. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Little River crossing #3 (took herdpath around 1 and 2) and Gale River crossings are freezing over - not completely bridged, but doable with dry snowshoes. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Plenty of blowdowns. Most of the blowdowns on North Twin Trail could be down with a hand saw (too cold, and not enough daylight today). One blowdown at the lowpoint on North Twin Spur - makes it hard to follow trail. Twinway and Frost seemed to be generally okay. A few on Garfield Ridge Trail. Plenty on Gale River Trail - chainsaw will be necessary to get a few of them (from trailhead to second crossing). We took out quite a few on Gale River Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Trails were generally broken out, thanks to the folks earlier this week! Some drifting between N and S Twin, as well as on Frost Trail and Twinway. Snowshoed entire hike - no significant ice (other than water crossings). Trails now decently packed. Took the skier path at the west end of the Little River snowmobile bridge to North Twin Trail parking lot. On way out, took the shortcut from Gale River Road to the Beaver Brook XC Ski Area blue trail. There are *no* signs directing hikers through the ski area (there were last January). If coming from US 3, take the main ski trail, then right at the first junction onto blue trail, remain on blue trail for some time, before seeing a big clearing to the right (campsite #3 on Gale River Road).  
Name
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2009-12-18 
Link
Link: http://www.franklinsites.com/hikephotos/NewHampshire/northtwinmtn-2009-1218.php 
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