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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks South Twin Mountain, Southwest Twin, NH
Trails
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, bushwhack, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Spaces in lot at 7:30AM 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All rock hopable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails in great shape. Blowdown on upper section of Gail River trail; easy step over 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Coop had fun, but the bushwhacking was not so easy for a dog, even an experienced one. He needed guidance through multiple blowdown areas, and low brush. Made for slow going. He may have been happier left at home for this one. That said, we took this route so we could stock up on water for us and Coop at the Galehead hut coming and going. Coop appreciated the descending trip pancakes to keep him going, as well. 
Bugs
Bugs: N/A 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: N/A 
 
Comments
Comments: Our goal was Southwest Twin, and in prep we reviewed multiple previous trail reports. It seems that most reported success with a similar track, so we planned to roughly follow that route, when possible. However, we really assessed the general conditions, and took routes that seemed advantageous to directions we were moving. Several times, we encountered thick spruce, very thick. If we could not get around, we persisted thorough the path of least resistance. As noted in other reports, there is a faint herd path approaching the summit. Canister was easy to locate. In total the bushwhack too about 3 hours (2 going and one returning). Also note, we looked at starting the bushwhack a location about 100 yds before the set of 4 bog bridges where there was a herd path, but encountered spruce rather quickly. so we traveled further down the path before entering the woods near the bridges.  
Name
Name: CookiesOnTop 
E-Mail
E-Mail: schwarzmc at yahoo dot com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-18 
Link
Link: https:// 
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