Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, bushwhack, Twinway, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 30, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issues parking today, most where overnighters or leaving 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues on any crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are a handful of blowdowns on Gale River Trail, all within one mile from the parking lot. From the lot, there is a cluster before you drop down to the brook. Further up, two trees have fallen across the trail but unfortunately their crowns fell in the trailbed so it will require a large number of cuts to clean it up. One is axe worthy. Can be done with vigor and friends with a saw, or a handy electric chainsaw will make quick work 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No issues for a doggo 
Bugs: Suprisingly, minimal. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: There is a blue trek pole at the trail sign at the lot. 
Comments: A FINE day in the forest was had. Read this in Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons "WORST. ZERO DAY. EVER!" I had no plans to hike today but Nordic_Gal totally twisted my arm to get me to go to Galehead. Fine, I'll go. Superb conditions up to 2 mile brook, minimal mud. Did note both white and pink ladyslippers. T It's comical how we both see them as vulgar parts... ha. Trail conditions above 2 mile to junction where still very good. Nothing really to remark on. This is a great trail for speed. We ran into USFS Ranger Greg patrolling at the junction of Gale/Garfield trail. We chatted a bit before taking out our 'all access pass' (a compass) Of cours we would to something like this. Why not?! We took a compass bearing and headed in a general south-south east direction about 100 yards up from the junction to the summit of Galehead. We found scrappier wood but this band quickly ebbed and after that was quite lovely walking. We hit what people think is the high point with the cairn, and then the actual highpoint which someone has ripped down the pencil (the screws are still there though). After this, we hit the hut and enjoyed some fresh baked muffins by some vintage croo members helping out. That hit the sugary spot for South Twin, which I was told I was going up at this point. I am really bad at zero days. We left the hut like a rocket sled on rails, somehow outpacing a trail runner, who was not able to catch us. If you heard a large boom, it was likely me trying to follow Nordic_Gal mach 1 pace. Delightful view of the Pemi, Presi and Sandwich where had. At this point, it made more sense to get North Twin because it was 'free' and only required a few hundred feet. We kept trying to swap keys with folks but they where skeptical at best. The true high point of North is on the view spur which we tagged, before enjoying pickles and reese's at the view point. A lunch of champions. Uneventful descent out back the way we came until the car... which possessed two cold beers in the cooler. Worst. Zero Day. Ever.  
Name: The Teal Goat & nordic_gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-30 
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