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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
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: No problems. Lots of space at Gale River parking. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Hard to say, trail wet and muddy from recent rains and fog. Some waterbars need cleaning; additional water bars needed in some eroding spots, and rock steps would be helpful in Spur trail's mud spots. No blowdowns. New section of Gale River had lots of slick mud; the old trail is better when the crossings are easy as they were today. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Good day for Pepper as fog kept the temps around 60 for most of the hike, and kept the hot sun off his back. Sippin n dippin in lower sections, drinking water higher due to the rains, but he still liked some from a bowl on N. Twin. Saw 2 other big dogs on Galehead. 
Bugs
Bugs: None really. Odd. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Weather forecasts last night ranged from dire ones by NOAA to a more optimistic Fairbanks Museum report with useful timing of events. So I decided we could sneak Galehead in between the am showers and afternoon Ts. We drove up in light showers but they ended around 9am as forecast. The peaks stayed in the clouds, making for comfy 60F temps and reducing the chance of popup Ts, so we added the Twins. Light breeze on top. No views, but easy hiking.

We didn't see many people, a couple of Boy Scout groups and a few others, plus the hut framepackers. The sun came out at the very end. Given how heat and sun can impact Pepper, this really turned out to be a great day despite the lack of views.  
Name
Name: Pepper and Me 
E-Mail
E-Mail: windriversjohn at gmail dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-07-04 
Link
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