Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Loop was still open and the road was in great condition (no ice).  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings were all hoppable BUT most exposed rocks were icy. We actually donned spikes to get across most of them. It was actually safer to hop on partially submerged rocks, where possible.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: All snow up high has become solid ice after yesterday’s rain. We barebooted up Gale River Trail for about 3.4 miles. It was a lot of careful foot placement. I had good Hillsounds and a pair of beater Kahtoolas with me. Went with the Kahtoolas to start, but the ice was so hard that I ended up going with my better traction almost immediately. Once up on Garfield Ridge, there was a lot of running water still in the trail heading to Galehead. Heading over to Garfield was much drier and fast going with the good spikes. The waterfall section wasn’t bad. We kept the spikes on and hugged the left for most of the way up. Coming down Mt Garfield Trail was less solidly ice than Gale River had been (lots of running water on the trail) so took longer as you had to be careful not to beat up your spikes. I switched back to my beater spikes for this and kept them on a bit too long.  
Name: WanderingSoules  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-04 
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