NE 4,000 Footers
NE 100 Highest
NH 4,000 Footers
NH 52 With A View
NH Belknap Range
NH Ossipee 10
Explanation of Ratings
Ossipee Mountains Notice
Bethlehem, NH, Franconia, NH
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The North Twin Trail
While we were hoping for better weather, the Sunday forecast deteriorated as the day approached. Nonetheless, we wanted to hike the Twins and Galehead while the surface conditions were good.
After spotting a vehicle at Beaver Brook, we headed over to the end of Little River Road and soon set foot up the herd path shortcut to the North Twin summer trailhead. Using a second herd path to bypass the first two water crossings on the North Twin Trail, we were able to easily cross the Little River via a firm ice bridge.
While the overcast skies and cold temperatures were less than optimal, the weather wasn't too bad until we climbed into the upper elevations, where we were greeted by a bitter wind.
After reaching North Twin and having no views, we continued on the North Twin Spur, dealing with some snow drifting in places. The summit of South Twin also beared no views on this day, but provided a nice, strong, cold wind - enough to make us quickly drop back into the trees on the Twinway. While sometimes icy in places, the Twinway was covered in snow from top to bottom.
After a quick lunch on the porch of the Galehead Hut, we headed up the snow drifted Frost Trail to Galehead Mountain. While also in the clouds, we did have slight views from the near-summit vista.
The descent down the Gale River Trail was a bit tedious, thanks to the long flats at the bottom and a healthy amount of blowdowns. After a quick walk on the snowmobile trail (Gale River Road in summer), we hopped onto the Beaver Brook Ski Area trail system and were at the parking lot about half a mile later.
The North Twin Trail trailhead at the end of Haystack Road
Looking into the clouds from near the North Twin summit
The North Twin Spur near South Twin
Looking at the clouds from the South Twin summit
The drifted Frost Trail on the way to Galehead Mountain
Looking south from the Galehead Mountain vista
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