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North Twin, South Twin, and Galehead Mountain

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White Mountain National Forest

North Twin, South Twin, and Galehead Mountain is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 12.6 mi Elevation gain 5,055 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife
Waypoints (2)
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North Twin Summit
44.20258, -71.55784
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South Twin Summit
44.18753, -71.55481
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Meg Leo
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

I did this as a point to point a couple weeks ago (started at Gale River Trail and finished with North Twin Trail). I enjoyed this route a lot. The hike up to Galehead was gradual and a nice warm up. Heading up the Twinway to South Twin was a workout but short with some awesome views of Galehead and Garfield from the trail. North Twin Spur and North Twin Trail were snowy but very doable with spikes. It was a very clear day with lots of snow on the trails. Lots of great views and really fun sections. I agree with other reviewers about bushwacking to avoid a couple of the river crossings. That was part of the reason we chose to do a point to point starting at Gale River, so those crossings would be close to the end. I would definitely do this hike again!

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mike sullivan
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

Hiked this 11/15. Definitely agree with earlier reviewer - bushwack to avoid first two river crossings (temp was below freezing and non-apparent ice on rocks trying to navigate first crossing). There is actually a faint trail to follow along the river to do this. Third crossing is relatively easy if there is no ice. Do not recommend bushwacking to avoid second and third crossing (if you make the first). There are swampy areas and heavy growth. Due to late start, was only able to make it to South Twin. Views were nice at the top, but wind was very strong with snow squalls. Relatively easy traverse from North Twin to South Twin (over and back in about an hour).

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Malco Gambardo
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HikingGreat!Icy

Incredible. Had the entire peak to ourselves. Parking was a non issue. Make sure you bring a pair of spikes. It gets icy from the hut to south twin.

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Caitlin Rossi
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Pia B
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great birthday hike (if it’s your birthday). Forrest on the approach, couple river crossings, good amount of water, then basically straight up with good views at the top - 360. The hike down was probably more forgiving than other 48 hikes. Definitely muddy/Snow and ice was completely gone from last weeks snowfall.

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Bruce Borofsky
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Peter Kelly
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Peter Kelly
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Pietari Sulkava
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Arul Mahadevan
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HikingFloodedGreat!

Thursday October 22, 2020. Partly sunny. Temp 60-30F. Wind 10 mph. Great late fall day. Rivers gushing after snow melt and rain. Bushwhacked to avoid crossing river two times but had to take off shoes to wade across Little river once before climbing up to North Twin. Beautiful views 360 from ledge just before summit. South Twin was an easy walk over. Twinway down to Galehead hut was rough with slippery ledgy and rocky downhill. Left backpack at hut to go up to Galehead summit. Down hill along Gale river to trailhead was pleasant.

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Kate Harris
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HikingFloodedGreat!Muddy

Hiked 10/14, the day after heavy rains. The river was fierce and the current was too strong in many sports. Also deep. Well above my knees. We skipped the first one by bushwacking along the river until the trail crossed back over again. But the next one was a little sketchy and took some nerve. Very glad to have made it a loop so we didn’t have to do it again on the decent. Also followed the directions from here for Google and was led to the wrong spot. Apple Maps had it correct. Otherwise, it was great! Wet trail was to be expected as was Galehead hut being closed.

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Orin Pacht
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Recording slightly interrupted by phone crashing...but gorgeous out there! Tricky crossing the Gale, good amount of mud - though avoidable, evidence of ice but no hindrance yet. Single long layer top and bottom, added a shell when it got windy or going downhill, wore thin gloves, but didn’t need extra layers packed. All shadow coming back down North Twin but the last three miles (tricky Gale crossings through to the parking lot) were better lit by the afternoon sun getting between mountains! Long, fantastic hike.

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Amy Dykstra
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Andrew Levin
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Hiked 10/10/2020 Be prepared for two sketchy river crossings, poles would be recommended. Theres an old hard to follow trail that allows you to bypass the first river crossing. HIGHLY recommend only taking it if you have GPS and can live view watch the map while hiking. Very muddy on the ridge between North and South. Bunch of great spots to sit and take in the views. Hike from South Twin to Galehead is very steep, be careful if wet. Galehead hut is boarded up, so water isn't available. Overall really awesome hike, Garmin watch had me at 13.6miles and almost a thousand + more elevation gain.

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Varun Bihani
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Steven Turner
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If you’re trying to split this hike into 2 days, getting to bond cliff on the first day is insanely hard. I got to the trail late ~ 11:45 AM and I completed west bond and bond and was prepared to hike in the dark but my body was so finished I couldn’t make it. The guyot shelter spring had water (we were nervous because of the drought) mostly due to the fog running over the hills. Extending over to gale head is descending 1000 feet in under a mile so expect to be tired after this entire hike, it felt never ending.

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Sam Rosen
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