Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Beaver Brook Recreation Area lot. Very well plowed as usual and plenty of parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were easy to walk across the rocks. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail was in great shape! One duck under, no issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Out pup had a blast! Did not see any other pups today. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: I was planning on writing about how great trail conditions would be tomorrow, but thanks to 3 bare booters, sadly I do not believe that will be the case :(
We started late, around 9:30am. There had already been some snowshoes ahead of us who broke trail, however, the trail was NOT packed, it was still very soft and needs more snowshoes. We were in shoes start to finish. After the hut, heading to the summit, there was one solo in shoes who said she had come from Garfield on the GRT (the only tracks) and after Galehead headed to South Twin (only tracks). Then there was a group of 9 coming off the summit in snowshoes and I was shocked! All 9 of them, plus the 2 of us, and we were not packing down the trail! Snow is so soft, definitely needs more snowshoe love!!! Even though the trails were soft, and still needed snowshoes, I was excited to report this, because even with shoes, tomorrow would be so nice! And then on our descent from hut, here comes 3 bare booters who totally TRASHED the trail. The descent was awful. And unless someone else went up in shoes tonight, which I highly doubt, the trail will be disgusting with frozen post holes on Sunday...Such a shame...  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-28 
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