|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Gale River Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 9, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All crossings easy at present. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There is large 18-24" diameter tree across Gale Loop Road about 1 mile up from the southern intersection with Route 3. Another similar sized tree down in the trail about 1/2 mile up the Mt. Garfield Trail. Lots of tree litter in the trails. |
|Lost and Found:
||Bare-booted the road and about 2 1/2 miles of the Mount Garfield Trail, then switched to microspikes all the way to North Twin. Bare-booted from North Twin all the way back because of snow-balling on my spikes. Snow/ice starts on both Gale River Trail and Mount Garfield Trail at about the 1/2 way point. |
With the cloudy conditions today and the below freezing temperatures overnight, the trails above 3500 feet were mostly solid. Garfield Ridge Trail between Mount Garfield Trail and Gale River Trail was not as well traveled, and not as solid, but still very good. By afternoon descending Gale River Trail the snow was beginning to turn to mashed potatoes on top, but still with a mostly solid base. Of course, if you get of the track you will post-hole.
There is still several feet of snow at elevation. I have to think that the stability of the packed trails right now is probably about as good as it gets for April.
Ran into a couple of nice guys from Montreal on Garfield Ridge who had camped out last night. Nice chatting with them a bit. The only people I saw all day.
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.