Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Garfield Ridge (West Peak), Garfield Ridge (East Peak), Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Mt. Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, herd path, bushwhack, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We decided to get an early start on road walk season and didnt spot a car. Or leave beer in the river for the walk back to Garfield. No issues at 0730 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues with water along all trails listed 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trees to about 1900 substantially still had their leaves. From about 2000-2400, its about 50% or less, waning rapidly with elevation, both Mt. G and GRT had their trees wholly devoid of leaves after 2500. Just for fellow maintainers who might have a trail in the area. There was a noticable breeze, and gusts where pretty hefty, about 25-30mph. With the sharp cold front coming through now, more will likely fall. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A FINE day in the forest. The day started out under brilliant blue skies that turned angry quick. We where in the clouds for the vast majority of the hike. The F35's from Burlington(?) where out playing and making sonic boomies. Never did see them due to clouds, but the sound of freedom echoed through the Pemi. Surpisingly dry on the ascent of Mt. G Trail. It got very spirited very quick on the summit cone of Garfield, it was a tag and drop down kind of day. After that, it was pretty mundane. I forgot how much I love and how easy the Garfield Ridge Trail is. It's masochisticly delightful. Sprinkle in wet rocks, with some leaves, some wind, and some rain, and the waterfall was simply magical. Some folks do drugs, some folks do Garfield Ridge. We did the out and back to Garfield Ridge West, which has a loose herd path, but for whatever reason, I could not follow today - so we went on an adventure... Thankfully the short walk up to the Garfield Ridge East less was far less a spiritual journey like the peak prior. Rhockin' Rhonda grabbed 2 NHHH today and 2 NH3k's! Galehead was just Galehead, slightly better than a sharp stick in the eye. We ran into Liam on Frost Trail, who surprisingly was doing a sedate and trailed day. I hope he was feeling ok - ha ha! No issues on the way out of GRT (See trail maintenance above for leaves). We decided we wanted to add miles, elevation, and save the earth. We got a jump start on road walk season on the long lonely walk back to the trailhead. What a day.  
Name: The Teal Goal & Rhockin Rhonda 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-16 
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