Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, South Twin, NH
Trails: Gale River Loop Road, Mt. Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the gate on the Garfield side of the Gale River Loop Road. 1 other car at 6:45 AM, about 7 other cars at 2:45 PM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Water levels were moderate. Rock hopped (often on icy rocks) without issues, though poles were helpful. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in excellent shape, including the Garfield Ridge Trail between Garfield and Galehead. Occasional blowdowns did not impede progress. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Trails would have been fine for dogs, with a bit of caution on the steeper sections of the Garfield Ridge Trail and Twinway. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Snowshoes car to car. Bare boots or spikes would have been fine for the road walks, and the lower sections of the Mt. Garfield Trail and Gale River Trail were a bit bony (with a few short sections of open water/mud), but I kept the snowshoes on for convenience. Snowshoes were helpful above 3000' on the Mt. Garfield Trail and the Gale River Trail. Snowshoes were necessary for the section of the Garfield Ridge Trail between the Mt. Garfield Trail and the Gale River Trail, and for the Twinway up to South Twin. Many thanks to the person who broke out this section of the Garfield Ridge Trail! It was easy to follow, and though strenuous, the footing was better in winter conditions. The Twinway section to South Twin was untouched- I broke trail through about 6" of powder. It was worth the effort! While Garfield was completely in the clouds, South Twin had blue skies overhead, and a really neat undercast covering much of Garfield Ridge.  
Name: Jason 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-11-30 
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