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Hiking: Galehead Mountain with the option of Mount Garfield (Advanced)

Hiking: Galehead Mountain with the option of Mount Garfield (Advanced)











Motivation : This is a long loop hike that brings you to a very cool AMC hut nestled between peaks and to the top of two 4,000 footers. Mt. Garfield has the best views over the Pemigewasset wilderness to the Franconia Ridge peaks and the Bond Range.


Hike Description: The group will climb Galehead Mountain with the option of Mount Garfield at 4,024 and 4,500 feet of elevation, respectively. The hike begins at Gale River Road. We will take Gale River Trail up to the ridge and summit Galehead after visiting hut briefly. Then, we will come back to Garfield Ridge - Gale River Trail intersection. There, you will have the option to go back the way we came or continue to summit Garfield by taking Garfield Ridge Trail. Those who choose this option will come down Garfield Trail. Car spotting will be arranged ahead of time.

ABILITY LEVEL: Easy to Intermediate; We hike at a slow pace taking in the views as we go. This can be a difficult hike due to elevation gain.


Pace:   Slow to Medium


Distance:  Galehead only 10.2 /Galehead and Garfield 13.7


Elevation Gain: Galehead 2500ft --  Galehead & Garfield 4024ft

Hiking Time:  Galehead Only  6-7 hours  --  Galehead & Garfield  13-14 hours

Directions: Trailhead is reached by taking US Route 3 to the Gale River Loop Rd

Carpool Info: Should be worked out before here on the message board.

Weather: A weather decision will be made by 9:00 PM on the day before the hike! If the hike is cancelled I will post a message on this page and also send an e-mail to the address you have on file with Meetup so please check before you depart.

Equipment:  Hikers should bring ample water and food for a full day of hiking. Waterproof rain jacket (with hood). Fleece Jacket & Hat. Headlamp with extra batteries.


Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "White Mountain Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.




Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity’s.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activities, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional sources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and were warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…


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  • Hiking with X.

    Another long successful hike. Winter like conditions, beautiful snow covered terrains.

    May 27, 2013

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