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Galehead Mountain via Gale River Trail is a 10.2 mile out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.2 mi Elevation gain 2,519 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Please note that the Galehead hut is closed now due to Covid-19. Located on the Gale River Road (FR 92) off of Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain. Gale River Road is unplowed in winter.

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Connor Boyle
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Stacey D
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Great hike, no views at the top of Galehead. The veins are from the hut and are great. Needed microspikes and there was snow at the top.

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Sonnet Agran St Pierre
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Galehead to Garfield, nice sunny day, little mud but not bad. Gradual up to Galehead then a little up and down between the two and gradual descent down Garfield. Little longer than we expected but overall great hike and views on top of Garfield

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Justin Moffatt
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David Ross
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Ashley Brown
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Bruce Borofsky
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Beth Schmidt
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It was rainy and foggy day. Muddy, lots of roots and several areas of water to cross.The first couple of miles are low key as we progressed became more rocky and steeper. Despite all that we had a nice day. There is no view at the summit. We ate lunch on the porch of the hut. We came upon about 30 other hikers during our hike. I'm a slow hiker took me 8 hours .

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Randy Knight
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Andrew Azorian
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Steven Desrochers
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keith bartlett
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Harrison Haas
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Wicked fackin wet

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Stephanie Cawley
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Martin Brooks
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Little Icey at the top where it would be muddy usually. That’s North Twin with snow.

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Trevor Hatch
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Relatively easy hike for a 4K. Trail was enjoyable the majority of the way. The Hut has some views and the summit has a very small outlook. Good beginner 4K but not the best views

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Max Baxter
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decent views and great fall foliage, pretty gradual ascent most of the way

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Judy Payne
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Wonderful. River beautiful as well as creeks. First 3 miles gentle then 1.5 to 2 much steeper but never scary. So many rock steps! No view at top but there’s an overlook and nice view from closed hut’s porch.

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J VE
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Very pleasant hike in the woods. The summit was the most underwhelming one yet but I loved the hike itself. Very pleasant for the first few miles then somewhat vertical. Not sure why it says "dogs must be on leash" - this is a great trail for dogs to roam free. No leash restrictions that I saw anywhere.

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Janet Steinert
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My favorite trail! A moderate walk through the hardwoods with the Gale River on one side for most of the hike. A nice stop with views of the Twins then a climb on amazing rock steps. Lots of water found by my pup along the way. Finally, a great view from the hut and the outlook near the summit. I’m 69 yo and am resisting hikes with lots of rock hopping. For me, this was very doable with no scary parts.

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Kristina Beadle
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Sayali V
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This is a moderate hike. Initial 2miles are flat and the comes the steady climb to the gale hut with waterfall crossing in between. Galehead hut has good views but not the actual summit point.

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Alexander Desilets
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Thomas Raras
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V B
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Very easy first 2 miles. One stream crossing. Then gradual incline starting around mile 3.5 till Galehead hut which unfortunately is closed now due to Covid. The climb is very doable and has sure footing. Some rocks have moss on them and can be slippery. As other reviewers have noted, the only view is at the hut and a small overlook just before the summit. A lot of hikers leave their heavy packs at the hut and go up/down the summit because it is a 4000 footer. Otherwise the summit is an unassuming pile of rocks which I find a bit laughable for a 4000 footer. My favorite spot is by the river around mile 3. Refreshing place to rest on the way down. Total time 2 hr 37 min up and 2 hr30 min down. Poles made it easier coming down the steeper section.

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Sundar Palani
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The first half of the trail was easy and rest of the trail has very high elevation. The Gale Hut is around 0.4 miles from the summit. The gale hut and outlook post (that comes in between Gale Hut and summit) has the best views. Not the summit! (which has just some layers of stones)

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David Lebeau
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R Wilson
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Beautiful trail. Very easy most of the way. A few muddy sections. The steeper section is fairly short and has fantastic stone work, with stone steps. How do they do it? Galehead Hut was a fun place to grab a hot drink and a snack. The hike up to Galehead is quick from there. No view on summit to enjoy - but touch the rock pile to know you’ve done it! Nice view from an open area just below the summit. I did this one solo and felt very comfortable. Nice cool off in the river at the end of the hike. Recommend this trail for anyone wanting to bag their first 4K.

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Thomas Kelly
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Trail was well maintained. Challenging No real views at top. A small lookout and the hut offered the best ones. Long walk back

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