Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot at Beaver Brook Recreation Park near empty at 7am. Only 2 cars when I arrived. About 8 total when I returned at 12:30 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All doable. Ice bridge over the only significant water crossing is still in tact as of 11am. All other crossings are easily rock hop-able or crossable on exposed established log bridges. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns across the trail. Easy to step over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: 1 dog 
Bugs: lots of snow fleas up high 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: nothing 
Comments: Galehead
Beaver Brook XC Ski Trail, Gale River Trail

Starting at 7am provided the (near) perfect conditions for today's hike. A little muddy/watery along the XC ski trail in spots and a few other places on the Gale River Trail down low, but other than that, trail was bare ground for the first 1.5-2+ miles. Traces of ice lined the middle section for a while, easily maneuvered on or around, then the rest of the way up, snow covered the entire trail. It was, however, very hard packed at that hour in the morning and stayed that way all the way to the summit. Never needed to put any traction on the entire way from bottom to top to bottom. Although, on my return trip, after passing about 9 hikers on their way up and with the temps warming a bit, the trail conditions did start to turn to mashed potatoes, making it a bit more difficult to walk in. Snow depth is not such that it was causing any postholing though. Just made the trail a little messy. If you like hiking in snowshoes, or using microspikes, have at it! - once you reach the snowy area. Otherwise, not really necessary, at least this morning. Cooler temps should hold these early morning conditions steady for the next few days. So get out there before it all turns to slush and mud. Happy hiking!  
Name: Gi Jo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-03-26 
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