Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, May 12, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road is open! Only one other car at the trailhead.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We took the bypass for the first crossing. We were able to rock hop the second crossing.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in great shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: The only black flies we encountered were at the parking lot at the end of the hike.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: A nice 10 mile hike of Mt. Garfield even though the summit was socked in at 12:00 when we arrived. Started to clear on our descent. Lots of trout lilies, trillium, and white wild hydrangeas (?). The first 2 miles were totally dry — mile 3, it started to get wet and muddy with water running down the trail. The final mile, over 3200 ft, the monorail was very narrow, crumbling in places, and it was very easy to slide off it and post hole. Post holes are still a foot deep in places. You still need spikes. This section was slow and tedious. The final spur to the summit was more stable but won’t be for long.  
Name: SueS 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-13 
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