Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain, NH
Trails: Beaver Brook XC ski trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Twinway, North Twin Spur, North Twin Trail, Haystack Road, snowmobile trails, US 3
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at Beaver Brook Picnic Area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings were easy to get across, either because of solid snow bridges or because of limited water flowing. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One difficult to navigate blow down about a mile below North Twin. Some have gone under, but a path around it is forming. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Galehead and the twins are in great condition right now. I was able to bareboot the XC ski trail, road walk and first 2 miles of Gale River Trail. From there it was snow shoes to handle an inch of newer snow and pack down some of the less traveled trails. There were signs of post holes here and there, but otherwise we're seeing the benefits of the snowshoers before us.

The climb up to South Twin should be in good shape after a handful of hikers today, and the trip from South to North Twin is fast and solid. It's also a carwash in some places, so watch for branches.

Going down North Twin trail was fast due to a combination of butt sledding and recent snowshoers who have done a great job avoiding postholes. The trail really gets packed down and fast at the intersection with the Fire Warden's Trail up to Hale. Haystack road is seeing a ton of snowmobile traffic, so it was mostly solid but had the occasional soft spot.

That final 1.5+ mile walk on route 3 back to the picnic area...not recommended, but nice to have done once.  
Name: Chad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-03 
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