Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of room before, half filled after. The entire Gale River Road is open which is nice. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No blowdowns. Waterbars functional. Mostly wide trails with a stretch on Frost needing brushing, and someone has done some ad hoc. Looks like some additional eroding from Irene in the usual eroding places, but nothing major. The new section of trail was a mostly slippery muddy mess but not boot sucking deep. Frost trail had running water down low. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy day for the mighty tough little dog. Lots of water for sippin and dippin, no hot sun and best of all a treat from Silverfox. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The new section of trail may avoid some tricky stream crossings, and may be nice when dry, frozen or covered in snow, but it was a very slippery and muddy mess today. I saw many boot slides from people on their descent. I had to try the old section to see what was being replaced. It's Pepper's and my favorite section of the trail! Great footpath and slope, roaring stream just to the side for musical accompanient, and nice curves make for a great downhill boogie experience. Just put the bod in neutral and let gravity take over. Pepper loves a river by the trail. Almost all of the old section is in great shape and there's certainly no serious erosion issues, at least by Gale River standards. I suggest they keep both trails, the new one for the high water periods. If needed they could rename the old to Atticus Alley in honor of our mountain's celebrity pooch.

We pretty much hiked in overcast and occasionally drizzly solitude, seeing only hikers coming down all the way up, and no one but a hut crew member at the thut. Any day on the trails with Pepper is a good day, but this one was pretty mundane until we met Silverfox and Allison on their way up to Galehead and over to the Twins. We needed that; it perked us both up. It was a good day.  
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail: windriversjohn at 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-09-24 
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