Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 14, 2015
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Garfield lot was full at 9. We parked on the road side. Gale River had room in AM and PM (dropped a bike to get back to Garfield) 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All crossings were low, and easy to cross with dry boots. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Garfield could use a brushing but not bad. Garfield Ridge ok (see below), Frost could use a brushing (see below), and Gale river was ok (see below) 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Plenty of water for the dogs but rough footing throughout much of this hike might be too much. Saw two coming down from Garfield and one with a trial runner on Garfield. 
Bugs: None. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: a yellow camp towel on a rock on the Gale River Tr. 
Comments: Garfield as usual had great views and the trail is ok the whole way. Congrats to the brother and sister (he 5, she 7?) getting their first 4K. Water on the Garfield Ridge Tr. down to the end of the steep descent was running well. Easy to avoid going down. Quite a bit of mud on the trail but mostly avoidable. GRT up to hut was fine. Frost Tr. had quite a bit of mud and some was significant. Could use some rocks or bog bridges. Trail widening occurring because of it. Gale River Tr. below the junction w/ Garfied Ridge started off fine with usual rock hopping. As the trial starts to flatten (reroute) it gets very muddy. Some is minor but much of it is significant. There is lots of it! Could certainly use some logs or rocks. Widening is getting bad in spots. One large blowdown (looks fairly recent) and a path around it. Good day out anyway, though I had forgotten how tough Garfield Ridge is. Kudos to those that do Pemi Loops through that.
Thanks to Karen who did the bike ride to the car!  
Name: KRobi 
E-Mail: robisho at comcast dot net 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2015-08-15 
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