Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 26, 2011
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Gale River Road closed (not yet being used by snowmobiles). Parked at Beaver Brook XC ski lot. Signs directing hikers to campsite 3/Gale River Road have not yet been posted. Basically bear right at every junction. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Ice - Blue, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hoppable or partially icebridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duck under, one step over, on Gale River Trail (before reroute) - probably 6" in diameter each. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Very little snow in the lower elevations. 1-2" of powder pretty much all the way to the viewpoint on Gale River Trail (was able to bareboot to there without any issues). Some blue ice lurking underneath, but didn't have any issues.

Put on Microspikes for the actual climb. Maybe 1-2" of frozen base (frozen granular or ice) with 2-3" of powder on top. Similar for Garfield Ridge Trail. I found both to be too boney for my liking to snowshoe, but others were able to without issues.

Frost Trail to Galehead is ready for snowshoes. I Microspiked it (mea culpa), but others snowshoed it later in the day. Similar to Garfield Ridge in the higher elevations, but the lower elevations had upwards of a foot of powder drifted in.

Found Twinway too boney to snowshoe as well. About 3-6" of powder on top of frozen granular and blue ice. Was able to make it up to South Twin and back with care with Microspikes.

Considered going to North Twin, but felt the North Twin Spur would probably warrant snowshoes.  
Name: rocket21 
E-Mail: rocket21 at franklinwebpublishing dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2011-12-26 
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