Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Galehead Mountain, Mt. Garfield, NH
Trails: Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the lot near the gate for the Garfield side of Gale River Loop. Space for around ten cars. Icy, but not an issue.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All were ice bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: All trails are in decent shape with a few duck unders on each. Garfield Ridge has two walkarounds on it as you approach the campsite from the Galehead side.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trails were in great shape. We walked the short section of route 3 first and then went up the Galehead side of Gale River Loop. We barebooted from the car about a mile in on the trail where we changed over to spikes. Once we hit the steep climb up to Garfield Ridge we switched to snowshoes for the televators. The trail was well packed, so spikes would have worked all the way to the summit of Galehead. We kept our snowshoes on as we headed over to Garfield. Garfield Ridge hadn’t seen any recent activity. A trough was visible, but was filled in with 4-6” light, fluffy snow. The waterfall wasn’t icy at all. We met another hiker coming the other way (also wearing snowshoes) who had done a nice job coming down it. He sidestepped and made a nicely packed, wide track. Snowshoes were great heading up to Garfield and would have been appropriate heading down the top of Mount Garfield Trail. We swapped to spikes, but then found that there were sections of some light drifting. Thankfully, this was a short area. As we neared the summer parking lot, we encountered a hiker heading up in snowshoes so hopefully he cleaned up that top section.  
Name: WanderingSoules 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-20 
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