Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Owl's Head, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twin Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, bushwhack, Owls Head Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 17, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: nice to have rt. 302 completely reopened. great work by the d.o.t. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all water crossings were just fine. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: some blazes on the gale river re route before winter wouldn't be a bad idea. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: gale river in good shape. the relocation is nice, but currently pretty squishy. once on the ridge the trails dried out a bit up to galehead.

twin brook trail generally has a nice footbed and is in good shape.

lincoln brook trail from 13 falls to the height of land a mix of good walking with rough and wet sections some of which have beaten bypasses.

from the height of land i bushwacked up the north ridge of owls head to the summit. the woods started nice and open and then tightened up with some thick spots up to the main summit ridge. the last 1/4 mile or so north of the summit was quite thick with a fair amount of blowdown making for slow going.

owls head path was decent with some blowdown above the slide. the slide was in good shape and didn't seem to have been effected by the storm. from the base of the oh path to the height of land lincoln brook trail is somewhat obscure in places and real wet just south of the height of land. the one spot that got me for a minute was at the first crossing north of the slide path and there is blowdown and snags at the far side of the brook obscuring the trail. the trail is also a little tricky around the height of land although interestingly there are some blazes in that area (with some sporadic blazing continuing towards 13 falls).

nice, long day. cold start this morning, but the cool temps made for great hiking. this was my first time on the twin brook trail and i found it real pleasant. the bushwack up the north ridge of owls head was interesting especially down low where i crossed a number of old tote roads. my original plan was to bushwack back down to the north, but i lost a fair amount of time dealing with the thick stuff coming up and opted for the trails heading back. great day out.  
Name: bryan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-17 
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