Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, MA
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 19, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot still not open. Had to park down the road and hike in to trailhead about 1.5 miles. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A few crossings down Mt Garfield Trail on Saturday AM. 2 were passable. One was tricky and we both ended up in the water.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Gale River Trail was well marked and we went up to Galehead hut, dropped our bags and then went to the peak. Crossing over to Garfield was not marked well at all. We only made it because someone had snowshoed across before us. We got turned around at one point but found our way back to the trail. Definitely would recommend GPS.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Our pup was fine for most of it! She had her jacket on (she has short fur) and was warm throughout the trip. She only weighs 45lbs so she was able to stay on top and not posthole through most of it.  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: A little bit of everything as is expected this time of year. Spring at the bottom - winter at the top. Barebooted the bottom, put on microspikes around 2500 and snowshoes on Garfield Ridge.  
Name: Caroline Russell 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-04-22 
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