Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked in lot at the gated end of Gale River Rd. One other car in the AM and another joined in the PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Bridged or step overs. Was very surprised to see open flowing water at 3690ft in Feb. In fact, there were at least 3 spots of open water over 3000ft elevation. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape!!! Couple of step overs and one bypass. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Probably not the best day for most pups; steepness with drifts. Cooper stayed home. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Most of the trail is in great shape and well broken out but not yet firm. There was an additional dusting of snow over the trail, but rocks (and roots, etc.) were visible at the lower elevations. Therefore, we started in spikes and changed over the snow shoes after the lower water crossings. As the elevation increased, the amount of snow also increased; 3-4" lower and up to 12-18" drifts at the higher elevations. The drifting started about 1/2 mile from the GRT intersection, near Garfield pond, slowing the pace a bit. Winds were blowing at around 30 with additional gusting. The final spur on the GRT to the summit was mostly drifted with 12-18" of fluffy stuff. When we turned to descend our tracks were already blown in; tomorrows first hikers will have some trail breaking to do. We didn't see anyone else on the trails today.  
Name: CookiesOnTop 
E-Mail: schwarzmc at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-28 
Link: https:// 
Bookmark and Share Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.

Copyright 2009-2023, All Rights Reserved