Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Loop Road is still closed, there is one large blowdown that needs to be cleared 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hoppable without a problem 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Black flies somewhat annoying but not real bad...yet 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Got an early start hoping the cold overnight temps would firm up any snow at the higher elevations. Dry trail to about 3200' then intermittent icy monorail with water running beneath. Snowpack became consistent with a firm base but a soft unstable ankle twisting top layer. There were some deep postholes along the side of the trail. The steep upper section to the summit was solid with a granulated surface but no problem with microspikes. I had the summit to myself and most of the trail since I surprisingly only saw one other hiker on this very popular and usually very crowded hike. I foresee this becoming a tough hike at the upper elevations in the coming days as the monorail softens in the hot weather. It was a spectacular day to grid out Mount Garfield!  
Name: THE Don Weeks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-12 
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