|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, NH|
||Herd paths, North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, Beaver Brook XC Ski Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, April 13, 2012|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||No other than our cars were parked at Beaver Brook picnic area and at the end of Little River Road. |
||Dry Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The third water crossing was easy with the help of the downed trees, though a couple of rocks were ice covered. All the other crossings had low water and easily rock hopped. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No blowdowns except on the bushwhack and the herd path. The new section of the Gale River trail had some minor mud. |
||Dogs would have had an easy time. Pepper enjoyed the hike up Galehead. |
|Lost and Found:
||Steve and I joined Ned in finishing his April Grid list for North and South Twin, John and Pepper came up Gale River trail and joined us at the hut and hiked out with us.|
There was lots of new snow on North and South Twin and we struggled with the trail conditions on the way down the Twin Way. With the wet snow in the sun and powdry snow in the shade the microspikes balled up and were of little use on the way down to the hut. Should have put on the snowshoes right away. We did so on the way up to Galehead and kept them on until close to where the new section of the Gale River trail starts, so that part has been nicely packed.
Steve and Matt from Maine put in new tracks with snowshoes to Garfield and Matt continued on to Lincoln, so all of Garfield Ridge trail has been packed out. It has been a great day to be out and I enjoyed the company of Steve, Ned, John, and Pepper.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.