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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, April 24, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Loop Rd. is still closed. There was plenty of parking near the gate. All clear, no snow or significant mud.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Spring Snow, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: I was able to hop all crossings in AM. By PM, water level was slightly higher, mostly hoppable; however, I did have to step in a few inches in places.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several blowdowns on Gale River Loop Rd, one larger tree crossing almost the entire road width, and one crossing the entire road width, but was easy to step over. Several minor/small blowdowns on Mt. Garfield Trail that were easily step overs and a few that were easy to go underneath.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: I brought my own dog along and she had no significant issues. The last section on Garfield Ridge Trail to summit is pretty steep with spring snow, so she slipped a little but overall enjoyed herself. I saw 3 additional dogs on trail, happy as can be! This is a great hike for pups! 
Bugs
Bugs: I saw several mosquitos, mostly on the lower part of the trail.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Great 12 mile spring day out on Garfield with 0-5 mph wind, cloudy to clearing skies, warming up to the mid/upper 40's. Patchy snow/ monorail/ blue ice started around 2.5 miles (~2,600 ft) into Mt. Garfield Trail and became consistent packed snow around 3.5 miles (~3,000 ft). I put spikes on around the 3 mile mark on Mt. Garfield Trail. Warming temps throughout the day turned the snow pretty soft and added to the wet/mud sections on trail on my descent.  
Name
Name: Jessica Genna 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jessica.l.genna@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-04-25 
Link
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