|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH|
||Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, January 13, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Beaver Brook was an ice rink |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable), Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Everything under about 2K was wide open. For a few hundred feet above that it was half melted snow/ice bridges and any of the smaller runoffs above that were fine to walk over. Could see running water here or there through post hole efforts past on ridge between summits.
The crossing about 2 miles up Gale River Trail has a bunch of small trees laid over it which i used on ascent and supported me. Rock hopped all on the way down. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few duck-unders that looked as though they've been there a while on Gale River Trail |
|Lost and Found:
||Bare booted for first 2 miles or so of Gale River Trail. A little bit of ice left in the ditches from the old monorail and trace snow in woods. Microspikes next as I hit ice for a brief period and then straight to a decent snow pack which only got deeper as I went up. By the time of the steepest part of Gale River Trail it was a firm walk to the hut.|
Threw snowshoes on for televator support and snagged Galehead quick and then up Twinway. Hard packed ice/snow from hut to the summit of South Twin. North Twin Spur either hasn't gotten much travel in the immediate past. There is a monorail there but hard to see. Noticed a few past post holes that looked to be at least knee deep if not more---didn't lose all the snow!
Put crampons on to descend Twinway. Snowshoes (for me) and I woulda been doing cartwheels and micro's didn't seem like enough but I'm sure any of them would be a possible choice if in a jam. Micro's back on when I got past the steep part on Gale River.
I could see the stars when i started out around 6:15 but those quickly disappeared and clouds set in all day. No views and a pretty stiff wind once I reached the hut and for the remainder. Did not see another living soul on the trail all day.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.