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Gale River Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire
Distance3.9mi
Elevation Gain2,056ft
Trailhead Elevation1,600ft
Top3,409ft
Elevation Min/Max1600/3409ft
Elevation Start/End1600/1600ft

Gale River Trail

Gale River Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 1,600 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,056 feet. The Gale River Trailhead (elevation 1,608 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There is also a camp site. This trail connects with the following: Garfield Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail.
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Manchester,
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5/5/2019
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Boston,
Explorer | 30 pts
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8/14/2006
Best done in dry season - it crosses the Gale river several times and it can get really soupy in the rain or after a storm. The first 3 miles are very nice, mild and a good warmup for the steeper climb up the side of the valley. We started out at 12:20pm and arrived at Galehead hut at 3pm, moving pretty rapidly. We cooled down a bit, then went up Galehead Mtn, just 0.5m up. If we did it again, we would go up South Twin (a tougher 0.8 m) after getting up to the hut and save Galehead for the following morning. The hutcrew was wonderful.
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Trail Information

Grafton County
Nearby City
Pemigewasset Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS South Twin Mountain quad.
Local Maps

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