|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Little River Road, snowmobile trail, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, herd path, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC ski trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, February 2, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Seven Dwarfs ($10 and just leave it under your wiper). Well plowed and plenty of room.
Another car was at the Beaver Brook parking area, which is currently free of charge regardless of what the White Mountains website says. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All bridge, except for a small one on the Gale River Trail that one in our party busted through. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Carter the Wonder Dog made us look like chumps. |
|Lost and Found:
||A pair of approach shoes are on the North Twin trailhead message board. ||
||Could not beat the warm temps and blue skies we had in the Whites. A team of three (Bostoncrates/BishopX/old fella, The Hiker Formerly Known As Detroit Rock City and now known as Mr. Blue Skies) and Carter the Wonder Dog continued on the solid broken out trails (for the most part). It was surprising to find with no recent reports for these areas.|
For starting at Seven Dwarfs, we headed down the road and crossed the bridge. From there you can see the river bushwhack has had some use. Explored it and after about 100 ft there is a "Private Property/No Trespassing" sign stating "Would-be hikers..." need to have verbal or written permission from Jeff or Sue. Turned around and we continued up the road a bit to the "official trail" that even has a trail sign indicating it's the way to go. It is the old snowmobile trail.
The North Twin Trail was broken out nicely until about 3000 ft where drifting had started to come into play. By 4000 ft, there were sections where the trail was just gone.
The North Twin Spur had completely frozen and drifted over through most of it.
South Twin has a hell of a false summit when you come around a corner and see the actual summit further away.
The Twinway was not broken out and left me broken hearted. I was desperately hoping to buttslide down the mountain but it was not happening on this day. The snow was quite deep in sections. Gravity was big help to help us get down quickly even though we had to break trail.
Relaxing at the hut was nice, but the rest of the trip I was basically on autopilot. The trip to Galehead was broken out and non-eventful. Hiking down Gale River Trail is four miles of monotony. Just flat and goes forever. The trail was thankfully broken out.
||BobTheLoveGoat at yahoo dot com |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.