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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

A forecasted sunny day - holy cow! A day off was in order so that I could witness this thing they call blue sky.

The Gale River Trail was a bit muddy to start, likely due to weeks of rain. Though a bit high, the water crossings were nonetheless doable.

Reaching the hut, I was glad to see the Twins were mostly in the clear. After reaching the summit of Galehead, I headed down to the view ledge (and then down to a ledge just below it) and enjoyed the view to the south for a bit.

After passing the hut, I realized I was very low on energy - not enough sleep after an afternoon/evening hike. Nonetheless, I eventually made it to the top of South Twin and then North Twin.

Back at South Twin and happy to know the last of the significant vertical climbs were behind me, I lounged in the sun and took in the views for a good half hour.

The Gale River Trail seemed less muddy, yet longer, during the descent. Nonetheless, a nice rain-free day - finally!


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, July 10, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:32 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,610'
Destination: Galehead Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 8:32 AM
Summit Reached: 10:51 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:19
Trailhead Elevation: 1,610'
Summit Elevation: 4,024'
Distance: 5.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 2,609'
Destination: South Twin Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:00 AM
Summit Reached: 11:49 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:49
Trailhead Elevation: 4,024'
Summit Elevation: 4,902'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,187'
Destination: North Twin Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 11:54 AM
Summit Reached: 12:28 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:34
Trailhead Elevation: 4,902'
Summit Elevation: 4,761'
Distance: 1.3 miles
Vertical Gain: 321'
Hike Ended: 4:36 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 08:04
Hike Distance: 14.4 miles
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,754'


The Gale River Trail trailhead
The Gale River Trail trailhead

Wildflowers near the Galehead hut
Wildflowers near the Galehead hut

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

The Twinway to South Twin Mountain
The 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 Galehead, the Franconias, and Garfield from near the summit of North Twin Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking Galehead, the Franconias, and Garfield 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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