Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, herd path, Haystack Road, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, December 17, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car today at beaver brook picnic/ski area was ours. Lot was dry pavement. Restrooms are closed for season. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easily crossed on Gale River trail. We bushwhacked to avoid the crossing at the bottom of North Twin trail. We knew the river would be difficult at best by afternoon when we saw every small tributary flowing with purpose. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Small branches starting to pile up probably from the recent winds. Once the snow piles up, nobody will notice. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none 
Bugs: None :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost except maybe our sanity ;) ( bushwhacking is clearly a test of sanity) 
Comments: Saw the forecast for sunny skies and wind and decided to hit up this trio for December. Wind turned out to be a non issue even on top of south Twin. The road and Gale River trail were mostly dry and clear of snow and ice until about 3000 feet. We put on spikes around this point. Heading up Galehead, there was a bit more frozen snow, making for really fast conditions. Twinway heading up to South was also filled in with a pretty good amount of frozen snow. A few bulges of ice to be cautious with but really decent to hike up. Lots of mostly frozen snow between the Twins. I think all the missing snow in the whites is there. Not really enough to use snowshoes, since it was mostly frozen but we did posthole a few times. More of the same snow/ice getting down north Twin trail till about 2500 feet, which is where we left the trail and began our bushwack to old fire”road” 304A. The woods were mostly dry leaves at this point but some ice and several small drainages to cross. Haystack road was complexly free of snow and ice. Of course, this entire report will change with the weekend’s long awaited snow. First time we have ever done this hike and didn’t see another hiker all day, until one of our best tramily picked us up at the end of Haystack road. Thanks teal!  
Name: Bradygirl1 and Bogboy 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-12-18 
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