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    Great Gulf Trail Link

    Coös County, New Hampshire
    Elevation Gain175ft
    Trailhead Elevation1,247ft
    Elevation Min/Max1247/1379ft
    Elevation Start/End1247/1247ft

    Great Gulf Trail Link

    Great Gulf Trail Link is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is a mile long and begins at 1,247 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 175 feet. The Daniel Webster trailhead parking (elevation 1,247 feet) parking can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Daniel Webster Trail and Great Gulf Trail.

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    Edison, NJ
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    We started from the Dolly Copp campground, which is a very well maintained campground. The Great Gulf Trail starts here and takes you through 6.5 miles of wooded valley until you reach Spaulding Lake (more of a pond really) and finally break treeline. Be prepared with good quality hiking boots since there are several streams and mini-bogs to be traversed. Hiking poles will really help. I highly recommend them. The first 6.5 miles ascends about 3,000 ft. There were a few points where the trail was not well demarcated so we lost sight of it. The map didn’t help us in that situation either. Cell phone service is lost. Overall I enjoyed the first part of the trail. The final headwall is what you’re up against after breaking treeline. It was over 1,000 ft of rock scrambling so be prepared for an intense ascent. This is NOT for amateurs. After a good rainfall you will encounter several mini-waterfalls on the headwall that will increase the risk factor on this approach. All in all I would recommend a different approach to the summit.
    Dillon, CO
    Pathfinder | 71 pts
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    I really enjoyed this trail. I hiked in a ways and used one of the designated camp sites near the river. I then day hiked from there to where the Sphinx trail intersected. I really wanted to make it to Spaulding Lake but it was getting late in the day and I needed to head back to camp. I spent too much time taking pictures of the river that was next to the trail.There were some nice waterfalls. If you decide to do this hike make sure you get the parking pass from the forest service($5 for five days).I like backpacking next to streams.
    Richmond, VA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    I hiked the Presidential Range often in the early 80''s before moving to Virginia. I missed the beauty and cooler temps of this region, so I brought my Boy Scouts here to experience what I missed seeing for so long. The Great Gulf Trail will give you a decent hike with breath-taking views of the mountains around you and the gurgling sound of the river as it flows over waterfalls and rapids. There is plenty of water around, but filter or boil it first to be safe. There is just enough ruggedness to make the trail interesting too! If you wish for more excitement, just take one of the side trails like the Sphinx or the Six Husbands, that will lead you to the top of the ridge near Mount Jefferson and on to the AT. The Six Husbands boasts vertical climbs on anchored ladders as well as a few caves to explore and feel like Indiana Jones!

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    AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
    Matt Heid
    "The Great Gulf carves deep into the mountains, guarded thousands of feet overhead by the peaks of the Northern Presidentials. Born here, the Peabody River tears down a steep and boulder-strewn watershed. At the head of the ravine, tiny Spaulding Lake glistens in an amphitheater of cliffs. Tour the powerful Peabody River and pass a series of designated campsites on Great Gulf Trail. After ascending the Great Gulf ’s formidable headwall—rising 1,700 feet in less than a mile—travel along the open ridgeline of the Northern Presidentials, passing over the summits of four 5,000-footers: Mounts Clay, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. Descend north off the ridge to your choice of tentsites or cabins, or remain on the ridge and stay at AMC’s Madison Spring Hut." Read more

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    White Mountain National Forest, Saco Ranger District, 33 Kancamagus High- way, Conway, NH 03818, 603-447-5448, home; Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, 603-466-2725, open daily 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from May to October.
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