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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of parking; fee system was NOT operational at the Galehead Trail parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The major water crossing coming down from North Twin is still very difficult. Some people went across the tree; others donned water shoes and hit the icy water. Took quite awhile to get the group across safely. There were other water crossings, but all easily doable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Maaintenance is noticeable on Galehead. Other trails had blowdowns, running water causing erosion (need more water bars), etc. We used the "winter route" to avoid any more significant water crossings. Perhaps, in the interest of safety, this route should become the trail (the herd path is well worn!). But those not familiar and following the blazes are faced with 3 difficult crossings, especially in the spring. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We had 3 dogs on this hike. 2 did only to/from Galehead hut - no issues. One went the distance. There were a few spots where she wanted a boost - we think she was faking a little. The real issue was the water crossing at the end. No amount of coaxing on either side would get her to move. Her owner finally put her on a leash and took her across the water.  
Bugs
Bugs: Only in the parking lot. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: It was a great day to be above the tree line. While it started as a rainy, closed in day, by the time we got to South Twin, the sky turned vivid blue and the magnificant views of Franconia Ridge opened up.  
Name
Name: Liz 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-05-06 
Link
Link: http:// 
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