Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, Zealand Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, Zealand Spur, Zealand Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 22, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot at Beaver Picnic was blowed. Pit toilets were open. Always thankful for that. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All the water crossings on Gale River were wonderfully snow bridged. The water crossings on Zealand Trail mostly were too. How there is still running water right now is wild.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Between South Twin and Zealand Hut there were many frozen snow covered low hanging branches that required stepping over or crawling under (made it hard to follow the trail at times) and a couple blowdowns. A good day to lose an eye or get bukkake'd by snow. if you're someone who likes looking cute googles, wouldn't be terrible to wear them here. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: My bitch did amazing but I wouldn't bring your dog unless they like wading through frozen deep snowdrifts. Only bad bitches allowed. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: My friend and I wore snowshoes car to car, my dog decided to leave hers behind because she be like that. Snowmobile trails on Gale River Road were nice and packed. Gale River trail was broken out and mostly packed but still very soft up to Galehead Summit. Trail to South Twin was pretty soft with lots of loose powder. South to North was very drifted over. Tracks from yesterday were gone at times. These trails should be nice after today. South Twin to Zealand Spur was not broken out. At least a foot of loose powder with even deeper hard packed snowdrifts. Should be a nice trench now but will definitely need a lot more traffic before not needing snowshoes. Zealand Spur to the hut was packed out but still pretty soft and some snow drifts covered most of the trail. It was a bit of a maze at time with tracks in different directions. People like partying up there I guess. The hut to Zealand road was a speedy super highway. Very packed, could've taken snowshoes off but who wants to carry snowshoes after 6 hours of wearing them? Zealand Road was packed but soft and very choppy from skis and bare boots. Honestly the worst part for me all day. Due to the cold weather, multiple snowstorms and extreme wind these trails have not had enough traffic and will all need snowshoes for the foreseeable future. Thats coming from someone who hates snowshoes and loves postholing a bitch up. Please wear them.  
Name: Btches_on_Ridges 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-23 
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