Mount Garfield, Galehead, South & North Twin

Date of Hike: 10/26/09

Garfield Trail: 4.8 miles
Garfield Ridge Trail: 3.5 miles
Frost Trail: 1.0 miles
Twinway: .8 miles
North Twin Spur: 2.6 miles
Twinway: .8 miles
Garfield Ridge Trail: .8 miles
Gale River Trail: 4.0 miles
Gale River Road: 1.7 miles
Total Miles: around 20 miles (6200 elevation gain)

Trip Report:
- On trail at 7:15am, finished 4:15pm. Temps mid 20's to low 40's, clear skies, 75 plus mile visibility, 20-25 MPH wind on summits
- Garfield trail was pretty wet and muddy, all brook crossings easy
- Great views of Pemigewasset Wilderness and Franconia Ridge from Garfield summit
- Garfield Ridge campsite has some pretty cool views out towards Twin Mountains. The old shelter has a Hiker's log book with pretty interesting/funny entries
- Some tricky ice spots on steep part of Garfield Ridge past Campsite trail junction
- Galehead Hut is all boarded up for the winter, jogged up and down Galehead summit in 15 minutes
- Made it up Twinway to South Twin summit (.8 miles, 1150 elevation gain) in 30 minutes. the last .2 mile to summit I lost almost all my energy and was weak until I ate lunch on top
- Spectacular 365 degree views from South Twin summit (Presidentials, Tom, Field, Willey, Carrigain, all Pemi Mountains, etc)
- North Twin summit had a nice view of the hut and Garfield Ridge
- Gale River trail was very wet, water crossing a little high, rock hop-able if you have waterproof boots
- Last crossing I looked for an easier way to cross upstream until my right foot went knee deep in a pool of standing water next to the bank of the river
- Hiked all day and only saw 3 people while relaxing outside the hut, one of them fell in the Gale River!

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Garfield Ridge, Galehead and Twin Mountains
Garfield Ridge Campsite shelter
Moose Skull hanging from Galehead Hut
View from North Twin Summit
Afternoon Moon over Gale River Road

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