Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 8, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Around 8am there were still a few spots, but by the time I returned the lot was overflowing. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Due to the new relocation of Gale River Tr, there aren't any crossing worth mentioning. The relocation has a few brooks that it crosses, but these were very simple step-across situations or they had a log bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw lots of dogs today (including Lauky on South Twin) and all seemed to be having a good time. Note that the relocation of Gale River trail not only avoids the crossings, but also takes the trail away from the river, so what water there had been down lower, now is basically not as accessible. Also, once passed the gravelly base of the slide on Gale River there's not much water to be had. 
Bugs: Negligible. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Someone left a peanut butter sandwich close to the start of the trail. Saw it at the start and finish of my hike. I was amazed it was still there when I came back. 
Comments: It was a gorgeous day! Chilly to start, but once I was moving it wasn't much of a problem. On my way down I could tell the valleys had had a pretty warm day. South Twin summit was windy, but the sun kept things warm.

The trails were rather muddy and the relocated section of Gale River Tr had me slipping and sliding some because of the unpacked mud. It was very fun to take the relocation, having hiked this trail 2 earlier this year. It's worth mentioning that the relocation I'm quite certain adds distance, but also adds more ups and downs, making it a different hike from what it had been before. Frost trail was pretty muddy too, but it didn't slow me down as much as the mud on Gale River Tr.

The choice of South Twin for today was a good one. Considering how many people seemed to be concentrated around the Franconia Notch area, it's clear people were making the most of the weather, but there weren't as many people on South Twin (had the summit to myself for awhile). Also, it was nice to meet Ed n' Lauky in person!

I know it's hard work getting to this summit (well, really, where isn't it?), but I highly recommend it. The views are spectacular. At this point, it is my most-climbed 4000-footer.  
Name: OfTheWoods 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-10-09 
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