Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, January 22, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Garfield winter lot. Plowed, 3 cars at 7:30am. No problems for my fwd car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing remotely challenging. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 3 or 4 blowdowns on Garfield Ridge Trail between Franconia Brook Trail and Gale River Trail requiring walk around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None today. The climb down from Garfield towards Franconia Brook Trail would be challenging for those without opposable appendages, but an athletic dog could pull it off. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Snowshoes from car to last mile on Gale Loop rd at the end. Saw 3 hikers all day, all wearing shoes which I recommend. Trails up to Garfield and down from Galehead are a very nice track for snowshoes, but would get churned up by bare boots until there is a thaw/freeze cycle. Chilly wind on Garfield summit, but no wind anywhere else all day. Garfield Ridge Trail between Franconia Brook Trail and Gale River Trail only had one other set of tracks, also from today, but with snowshoes was only sinking in ~6-10" and pretty firm underneath. I caught up to the creator briefly on the out/back to Galehead, but he headed up the Twinway (oof). Was a little worried about the down climb of the waterfall on GRT just past the campsite but not too tricky with Flex VRTs and generous use of tree holds...felt less dangerous than in the summer!  
Name: Borealis 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-22 
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