Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 26, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Ample parking at 5 corners 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: several, not difficult 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: some minor blowdowns that you can walk around 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw 1 very happy German shepherd 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Uneventful hike to Galehead hut, notable only for the varied trail conditions. The Gale river loop road is no/trace snow, and bare-bootable. Once you turn off onto Gale River trail you could continue bare booting but microspikes will be helpful, as much of the trail is/was running water with (sometimes) breakable ice crust, crunchy leaves, and light snow. As you climb a little higher the snow is mostly breakable crust but also sometimes not, I thought I was following the compacted snow left by a previous hiker but sometimes a foot would break through. This only got more annoying as the trail gets steeper. You can critique me for not using snowshoes but the hikers I saw with snowshoes on weren't having a much better time. Coming down I passed several more hikers in snowshoes and their steps had the effect of breaking up the snow into something like powder, so pretty much every trail condition was represented on this hike. Snowshoes are probably the way to go but mainly pray for more snow.  
Name: Mike 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-12-27 
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