Ascent of Galehead Mountain on 2014-05-23

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Galehead Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4024 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since rain and low clouds were in the forecast for my hiking day, I decided to hike the wooded and viewless Galehead Mtn.

I set out on the Gale River Trail at 9:55 AM. The grade was very gentle all the way to the beginning of the steep final section, and the footing was very good except for some mud and standing water. I crossed a brook in the early going and then paralleled the North Branch of the Gale River for a distance, eventually crossing it after veering right onto a relocation (done to bypass two hazardous brook crossings).

From there, the grade gradually increased, and it soon started going steeply uphill to the Garfield Ridge Trail. From the junction, the GRT had an easy grade except for one steep section, but there was a fair amount of leftover ice, which made me be extra careful. (At the last major ice patch, I 'whacked through a small stream to bypass it.) Soon I was at the Frost Trail, onto which I turned right and followed to the summit of Galehead, passing the AMC hut and the upper end of the Twin Brook Trail in doing so.

There wasn't much to the summit except for a cairn and the rock outcrop upon which it lay, but I stuck around for a few and then headed back to the hut for lunch, and then I descended the way I came.

#33 is in the bag!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2450 ft / 746 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trai
    Trailhead:Gale River Loop Rd.  1574 ft / 479 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes

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