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Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain
Bethlehem, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Gale River Trail
The Gale River Trail

Route: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, (Galehead Mountain), Frost Trail, (Galehead Hut), Frost Trail, Twinway, (South Twin Mountain), North Twin Spur, (North Twin Mountain), North Twin Spur, (South Twin Mountain), Twinway, Frost Trail, (Galehead Hut), Frost Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail

At the end of a long weekend with lots of hiking, I was a bit fatigued. Nonetheless, I wanted to get up to the Twins for the first time in spring.

The Gale River Trail was quite busy with dozens of folks departing from the hut. Other than that, the water crossings were doable and the trail was snow free.

My first stop was Galehead. The views from near the summit were quite good. I followed a herd path from the summit to another potential vista, but it was fruitless without snowpack to lift me over the spruce in the way.

My sore achilles were non too happy with the steep Twinway, however the views from South Twin were quite good. Though windy, the temperatures weren't too bad.

Other than some snow in the col, the North Twin spur was snow free. Reaching the viewpoint, I followed a herd path to a northern vista - not too bad!

Backtracking, I stopped at the hut for a late lunch break, prior to heading down the Gale River Trail. While my feet were feeling the impact of lots of hiking, it was a nice day to get out.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Galehead Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Heavy
Destination: South Twin Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: North Twin Mountain
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 25, 2009
Hike Commenced: 9:26 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,610'
Destination: Galehead Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 9:26 AM
Summit Reached: 11:42 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:16
Trailhead Elevation: 1,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,024'
Distance: 5.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,609'
Destination: South Twin Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:48 AM
Summit Reached: 12:43 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:55
Trailhead Elevation: 4,024'
Summit Elevation: 4,902'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,187'
Destination: North Twin Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 12:47 PM
Summit Reached: 1:37 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:50
Trailhead Elevation: 4,902'
Summit Elevation: 4,761'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 321'
Hike Ended: 5:39 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:13
Hike Distance: 14.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,754'


The Gale River Trail trailhead
The Gale River Trail trailhead

Wildflowers on the Gale River Trail
Wildflowers on the Gale River Trail

Looking south from near the summit of Galehead Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking south from near the summit of Galehead Mountain

Looking up Twinway to South Twin Mountain
Looking up Twinway to South Twin Mountain

Looking at Mt. Washington from the South Twin Mountain summit - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from the South Twin Mountain summit

The North Twin Spur Trail on the way to North Twin Mountain
The North Twin Spur Trail on the way to North Twin Mountain

Looking north from near the summit of North Twin Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking north from near the summit of North Twin Mountain

Topographic map of Galehead Mountain, South Twin Mountain, North Twin Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 South from US 302. Take a left for the Gale River camping/hiking area. Shortly after, bear left at the fork in the road. Continue down the road, then take a right at the hiker sign. The WMNF fee parking area is on the left. There is a Gale River Trail trailhead on the side of the parking area.

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