Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking at turn-in just off Rt3. Gate is still closed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock-hoppable if you were patient and thoughtful. On the way out, I was neither of those things. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are odds and ends of blowdowns below the snowline that were all easy to get around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None seen today, but paw prints were in abundance. 
Bugs: They didn't dare. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I lost my grumpy mood. During the sleet and rain portion of the program, I sang all the songs I could think of about sunshine, and I was feeling pretty good after a while. 
Comments: Snow appeared about 2,600'. I kept on barebooting until the junction just below the Garfield summit since my outsoles had deep lugs. Spikes would have been all I needed, though. We went early enough that the snow was firm. Stay on the packed trail, and no trouble. Step off to the side, and posthole. Snowshoes got a free ride. The trail stayed snow above 2,600' for the most part, but where there was running water on the trail, the snow would disappear for a little bit. Not long enough to bother taking the spikes off, but enough to make me feel bad about what I was doing to my spikes. I only postholed a few times, and only once as high as my shin. The rest were really minor. Those were all on the way down when it was getting a little warmer (and raining). If you go early when it's cold, you can knock Garfield off your April list with minimal fuss. Go get it!  
Name: ecbanks 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-20 
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