Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 18, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No issue parking at 8:30am but it was a cold gray day. Lot was plowed.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Fairly easy if you are comfortable with crossings. The crossings are a mix if ice bridge and open rock. Ice bridges are just starting to form but still fragile.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Garfield is a relatively easy mountain but this was a tough hike. The snow is not consolidated. Walking is somewhere between deep sand and mashed potatoes depending on where you are. There was between 8-12 inches for much of the trail but it increased near the top. It should stiffen up soon but for now, requires significant additional effort. Snowshoes are recommended to help with the motion under foot and trail conditions. The push to the summit after the junction of Garfield Ridge Trail is a real winter scramble. There was 18+ inches of snow with heavy ice under. Just take it slow and remember you also need to go down. We saw about 10 people start from the parking lot but I think only 3 finished other than ourselves. A number turned back. It's not a challenging hike but I think people got tired with the soft snow.  
Name: NE Hiker 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-19 
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