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, North Twin Trail, herd path, Haystack Road, herd path, Little River Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Left a car Beaver Brook and Seven Dwarfs ($10 in the mailbox) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The North Twin crossing was not possible without wading. We used hiking waders which made it easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This report is a couple days old but conditions haven't changed so it may still be helpful. The bottom of Gale River trail was largely snow-free until it started to climb. Conditions weren't too bad to Galehead and South Twin. We were able to use spikes. From South Twin to North twin was softer because it was later in the day but still not too bad. However, coming down North twin trail was a mess. A slushy top layer over an unreliable base and ankle-twisting boot prints & frequent frozen post holes may have made it the slowest conditions I've ever had on that trail. I was carrying 4 types of traction (rock spikes, hillsounds, hillsound pros, and snowshoes) and yet it was very hard to decide what to use esp on the steep downhill. There was no good solution. My recommendation to others is to lean towards snowshoes if in doubt but make your own track to the side of the boot prints when possible. The snow continues to be deep much farther down than we thought it would. The snow doesn't start to dissipate until you've crossed Little River.  
Name: Rick Simmons 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-19 
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