Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, July 22, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking and roads in good condition 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing of Garfield Stream on rocks with care. Crossed just a tad upstream from trail crossing on flat rocks. Some rocks were just below water level. Strong water flow due to recent rains. All other waterways on the Gale River Trail were running high compared to normal but were small enough to cause no problems. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One tree across Gale River Trail between first water crossing and the beginning of reroute section. Only 2 feet above ground so it is an easy step over. One butt end of downed tree extending partially in to Twinway relatively low on ascent route to South Twin. Small saw can cut this end off (alerted Galehead Hut croo). 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw many dogs on the trails. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Water, Water everywhere. There are a lot of mud and standing water between South Twin and North Twin. Most often there are rocks in these mud sections that can be used to avoid the muck. The rocks are often disguised by a covering of mud. Occasionally there are trail expansions from hikers walking the perimeter of the mud areas. There are lots of mud stretches on the Gale River reroute trail. One can usually walk through this mud without sinking down. There is water issuing forth from under a rock on the Frost Trail. The water flows down the trail. The majority of rocks on all trails are wet and potentially slippery.
The steep rocky trails on the Twinway up South Twin and the Gale River up the headwall to the ridge were the only paths with less mud and water. The rock placements aided footing even though the rocks were mostly wet.
Usually there are great views from the summits of both Twins. Today, the shifting clouds permitted good views in various directions at different times. Patience was rewarded.
Lots of hikers out today. Met a hiker from Sanbornton who is closing in on the NH 48 4K over 70 years old. AT hikers, Pemi Loop hikers, overnight campers, and day hikers.  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-22 
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