Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, December 25, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Beaver Brook Picnic area on Rt 3. We were the only two cars in the lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: At the first smaller crossing at the start we were able to get across on exposed rocks, we had to go up stream a little to find rocks that we were comfortable with, and on the return we were able to walk across the rocks straight across the trail. The bigger crossing up higher was partially ice bridged, but did not seem super stable. We put on our spikes for this, and stepped where we could see rocks under the ice. There is another very small crossing further up that is solid ice bridged but requires spikes or crawling across :) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck unders and step overs. There is one big blow down on Twinway, not too far from the junction of Garfield Ridge Trail/Twinway/Frost. This requires crawling through the branches, but not too bad. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Kodiak and Chuck had a blast! 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing lost, nothing found. 
Comments: We parked and Beaver Brook Picnic Area and did an out an back. Conditions still a mixed bag. Lots of leaves down low. Did not need spikes until the bigger water crossing up higher. Only used them to cross and took them off again. Then once we got to the smaller crossing that was solid ice bridged, we chose to crawl across instead of getting out the spikes for this quick cross. Then we actually started to see monorail!!! But did not cause any issues at all. There were a lot of small sections of ice, but easy to get around. We finally put on spikes at around 2600 feet I believe. A little before the Garfield Ridge Trail we started to see more snow, and all the way to Galehead and the Twins the trail conditions were much better! Packed snow, some icy sections, and some sections with ice under the snow. With the warmer temps, some sections had snow raining from the trees, and on our return the trails were getting softer. The best section of the day was N. Twin Spur in between South and North Twin...conditions were sweet and we were able to cruise! Great day getting a few more peaks for December. Only crossed paths with one other...we chatted briefly, congratulations to you on getting another peak for your 48 over 70!!!  
Name: Marylyn Styles 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-12-26 
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