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Hike Galehead Mountain

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Galehead Mountain Information

Elevation: 4,024 feet (1,227 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 264 feet (80 meters)
Location: Franconia, NH (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Range: Twin Range
Coordinates: 44°11'07" North     71°34'25" West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Moderate
Features: North Branch Gale River, Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?,
Galehead Hut, Appalachian Trail
Distance of highlighted hike below: 10.2 miles

Galehead Mountain is a 4,024 foot mountain in the Twin Range in Franconia, New Hampshire (Grafton County) in the White Mountains. The summit itself has no views, but there is a great view-point near the summit with beautiful views. It lies at the top of the Frost Trail: a half mile trail beginning at the Galehead Hut.

There are many trails a hiker can choose to begin at, but the Gale River Trail is the most direct, and shortest route. It begins at the Gale River Trail Parking lot off of Gale River Loop Road.

For peak-baggers:
South Twin Mountain is 1.3 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
North Twin Mountain is 2.6 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
Mount Guyot is 3.4 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
West Bond is 4.6 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
Mount Bond is 4.6 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
Mount Garfield is 4.6 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain
Bondcliff Mountain is 5.8 miles from the summit of Galehead Mountain

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Galehead Mountain Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Galehead Mountain.

Begin at the Gale River Trail head off Gale River Loop Road. Hike up the Gale River Trail for 4 miles (the majority of this part of the hike is along the North Branch of the Gale River). Once you reach the Garfield Ridge Trail, which is also the Appalachian Trail, go left for 0.6 miles until you reach the Galehead Hut. From the hut, head up the Frost Trail which begins just outside the front of the hut. You will reach the summit in half a mile. There is no views from the summit, but stop at the view point along the Frost Trail for great views!

Galehead Mountain NH New Hampshire White Mountains - Gale River Trail, Gale River, Galehead Hut, Appalachian Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
Click to download PDF Trail Map of Galehead Mountain

Galehead Mountain Photos Top

Galehead Mountain Frost Trail NH New Hampshire
Frost Trail headed up to Galehead Mountain on October 11, 2012

Galehead Mountain Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Gale River Loop Road off Route 3 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

To the Gale River parking lot
Take exit 35 off I-93 onto Route 3 North towards Twin Mountain/Lancaster. Drive 4.8 miles on Route 3 then turn right onto Gale River Loop Road. Follow the road until you see the sign for the Gale River Parking Lot. (You will pass the Garfield Trail head parking lot).


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