Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 30, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Not plowed but packed down-ish enough to park in the lot. Four cars at the start and six at the finish. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily crossed via ice bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of step overs on the lower portion GT 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: One black glove at the parking lot gate that was there when we arrived. 
Comments: Nice day and excellent trail conditions for this hike today. Spikes to start over the hard packed trail up the road and about two miles up the trail. Some of us switched to snowshoes others used spikes start to finish. The trail could support spikes only but there was plenty of fluffy stuff atop the hard pack on the higher els (about 1"-2" in most places). No wind on the trail and tolerable light on and off winds on top. Got some nice views of Franconia Notch and the big boys on the Presi range before some cloud cover blew in. I was happy for gravity as we began the descent off the summit... not so much when I bushwacked to cutoff a switchback and took a snow bath six paces from the trail. First fall in a long time; glad it was a soft landing. Seven snowshoers today to give trough some snowshoe lovin'; hope it stays that way. Nice chatting with Postal Patty - hope to see you again on the trail real soon.  
Name: Dave D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-30 
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