|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Garnet (Bethlehem), NH|
||Michael A. Gozzio Memorial Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, February 12, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at the gated Forest Society Michael A. Gozzio trailhead on South Road. Was plowed good during previous storm. Room for 2-3 cars, no issues getting stuck even with my ancient Civic. |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
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|Lost and Found:
||Michael A. Gozzio Memorial Trail (South Road Entrance), bushwhack |
Recent reports from Brian and Zachary got me interested in this one. But alas, I could not find their tracks! I live right down the road now, so I tinkered with this one awhile, to get a little more bushwhacking experience.
From the Gozzio trail head, the trail portion is a straight 1/2-3/4 mile trek up a wide, easy to follow, yellow blazed, gently climbing trail. I've snowshoed that section twice this week. Note from the map link below that if you follow the trail straight from the trailhead toward Garnet, you'll end up at a field. From the field you can get a good look at the rounded summit of Garnet. To get closer, I found a skid road by making a right turn at the top of the field and briefly taking that upper loop of the trail. Then sharp left onto the skid road. Get you a little closer before the bushwhack. It gets thickety for just a little bit right where the bushwhack starts and it may be difficult to see my tracks in the light snow under the softwoods. This is quick though, like just a few yards and then the woods open right up beautiful and you can begin to make out the rounded top of the mountain and the climbing direction is obvious by sight. I am a beginner at this and I basically bumbled along with the Gaia demo program, so I'm not trying to follow any line on this one. But my tracks will get you there. Gets a bit steep in spots, but not for long. At the end there's a five minute roving around search for the jar which my tracks eventually get to. The tree has yellow stripes on it, and a short 2X4 nailed at chest height like a cross. It took me awhile breaking trail going up, but this is actually a fairly short one, on the descent I was back down at the trail in probably less than twenty minutes.
||Steve Marion |
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.