Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Garfield, Garfield Ridge - West Peak, Galehead Mountain, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhack, Frost Trail, Gale River Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Packed snow and ice at the Garfield Road entrance. Plenty of comings and goings today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All had plenty of ice to walk on  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Flipped a few sticks and branches. A few small broken trees on Garfield Ridge Trail that can be cleaned up in Spring. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sadly no dogs today. 
Bugs: Gladly no bugs today. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Beautiful scenery along all trails today. Garfield Trail was pretty packed down so spikes all the way as I was the second one to reach the summit.
Turning the GRT, it was first tracks all the way! Spikes stayed on all the way down to Franconia Brook Trail then switched to snowshoes. The ridge consistently 4 to 6 inches of very dry snow. There were a few drifts that were over a foot deep. Ventured the short whack to Garfield Ridge West Peak only to find the canister bottom was frozen.
Once making it Gale River Trail, snow began to fall steadily adding another inch or two. Only saw 3 people from the lot until reaching the hut. Plenty of parties at the hut and the Frost Trail was plenty packed. Gale River Trail was also packed down well with plenty of prior users. Changes back to spikes about a mile and a half from the summer lot. Road walk was uneventful.In the end only saw 6 hikers while on the trail and another dozen while I was at Galehead Hut  
Name: Adventureskier 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-17 
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