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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks North Twin Mountain, South Twin Mountain, Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails
Trails: North Twin Trail, North Twin Spur, Twinway, Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Both Haystack Road and Gale River Loop Road are still open. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Significant, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Since the Little River crossing came at mile 2 of my hike (bypassed first 2 crossings), I didn't feel like risking a foot dunking so went the garbage bag-spike route and walked through a shallow section right where the cairns are. Worked perfectly! All other stream crossings were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are leaners and blowdowns here and there on most of the trails I took today. Nothing show stopping. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Except for wearing spikes for the big river crossing, I barebooted everything today, somewhat surprisingly even the waterfall section on Garfield Ridge. Just never felt the need to put them on as new snow was grippy IMO.

There was a beautiful inch or two of fresh snow down low, 5-6" between the Twins with deeper (some much deeper!) drifts, 4-5" on Garfield Ridge. Could have used snowshoes for about 1.5 to 2 miles on the Twins but happy to not have carried them the remaining 13+. Snowed on and off all day.

There is still lots of running water on North Twin and Garfield Trails, the bottom half of Garfield Trail in particular was pretty sloppy. After climbing Garfield, FP spent some time hydro-engineering here and there trying to get some of the water off the trail and going down the waterbars...

Awesome to run across John and Pepper near the hut, also Matt on Garfield Ridge! No Pemi Loopers seen today. ;p
 
Name
Name: Snowflea  
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2016-12-03 
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