Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, West Bond, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Little River Road, herd path, Haystack Road, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Bondcliff Trail, West Bond Spur, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC ski trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of open spots everywhere 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Little River crossing well bridged, upper Gale River Tr crossing well bridged, lower one is mostly open 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Maybe actually maintain the section of Twinway from South Twin to Guyot for winter? Lot of annoying hanging blowdowns and limbs at face level with the added trail height of the snowpack 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: N/A 
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
Comments: Got a car spot from Beaver Brook to Seven Dwarves and started with some fellow gridders until crossing the Little River. Steady grind up North Twin and over to South Twin with dust over crust, wind drifts on the shady north aspects and greasy, sticky spring snow on the south slopes with lots of annoying spike balling in places. Twinway from South Twin to Guyot sucked like it always does with a combo of monorail, soft knee deep postholes, ankle deep divots, spring snow, low hanging limbs, hanging blowdowns. Over the west knob of Guyot was 50/50 bare rock and ice, more packed snow in the trees, West Bond spur well packed, decent on the short open pitch to the summit with minimal ice. Lots of butt sliding on Twinway down to the hut, Frost Trail and the steeps on Gale River Trail made these sections tough. Gale River trail was decent down to 2000', becoming increasingly bony with the last mile out to the road in very rough shape with lots of ice and some sections breakable to the last river crossing. From here to the road was very open with lots of dry bare trail, some mud and ice. Took off the spikes at the trailhead and barebooted to the car. Gale River Road was mostly bare ground with some grippy snow/ice sections and the Beaver Brook ski trails were very rough as it was open overgrown logging roads with lots of downed trees and open streams to hop, just tedious and not fun. Long day, but got all the objectives  
Name: Heat Lightning 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-03-11 
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