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North Twin and South Twin via Gale River Trail

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White Mountain National Forest

North Twin and South Twin via Gale River Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.6 miles Elevation Gain: 4,419 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Please note that as of June 2020 the AMC huts are still closed and you will not be able to get water there.

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rocky
21 days ago

Great trail. All trails was started late and then I found it pauses a few times so the metrics are not correct. will need to investigate. this trail has a reputation for being very hard especially between galehead and South Twin. while it is very steep I would not call it hard in that there are no truly technical sections. Trail conditions were fairly good. as you would expect in New Hampshire in June, there is still some mud and running water on the trail. but it was mostly inconsequential. the shoes really didn't even get dirty. there are several blowdowns along the way but the only one that is large is between South and North Twin. By mid-afternoon the bugs were really out. at times they were loud enough that you could not hear yourself think but never bad enough to put on netting.

backpacking
24 days ago

We did this as an overnighter and climbed Galehead, South Twin and North Twin in the same day. Very moderate hike in for the first 3 miles and we made great time. Obviously the AMC huts are closed but we still hoped we would find water at Galehead hut (nope). There is some spring runoff on the way up to South Twin and we filtered that. It's a great way to check off 3 4K summits in the same day and the views from each were awesome. Rare views of the Pemi Wilderness and it's grandeur. We found a good spot for our hammocks and made camp about a mile below Galehead hut. There was a small brook crossing the trail near us and it worked out nicely after a demanding day. Temps at night were in the low 40s and you def want to make sure you're not just equipped for mid-summer conditions. Highly recommend this trail.

Amazing long hike, few brook crossings initially. After Galehead, climbing up to South twin mountain was lot of boulders and steep. But overall fun and tough hike.

backpacking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
26 days ago

Was a long day for us. 845-710.

Hiked with Dan. Fabulous but long day. Perfect hiking weather, partly cloudy, no humidity, light breeze, mid-60s to low 70s. Checked out Galehead Hut in the morning. They had “free breakfast” out on one of the tables — basically cold, leftover scrambled eggs and oatmeal from earlier today...it was fantastic!

hiking
snow
10 months ago

We went in the spring and the top was already covered in snow and ice! Great views, beautiful trail and not too challenging just long.

Great trail. Added N Twin too

hiking
11 months ago

Gale River Trail is a great warm up to the rest of the hike. Simple streamside views dot the beginning of this hike. The grade steepens as you make your way towards Galehead Hut--where you can fill up on water, use the bathroom, and buy a snack made by the Croo. From there, it's a quick jaunt up to Galehead summit. The true summit is wooded and marked by a cairn, but the ledges on the way afford beautiful views of the Twins. The Twinway is a steep .8 mile BUST, but oh man, the views on South Twin make it all worth it. This is one of the only views looking directly into the Pemi Wilderness from the north. The trail between South and North Twin is moderate, and if you are already up there, you gotta do it! All in all, a great day. Took me about 9 hours with a few short-ish breaks.

The trail to North Twin is relatively moderate, especially for a 4,000-footer, and the trek to South Twin is a cakewalk in comparison. However, it’s a STEEP shot down to Galehead. I recommend that, after nabbing Galehead, bail out via the Gale River Trail, go up the road for tent sites, and take the snowmobiling path that connects that road to Haystack Road. It WILL add a solid 3-4 miles to your hike but you’ll probably gain time overall. Gale River is gentle and the roads aren’t that bad. However the path from Galehead to South really is that bad

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