Great Gulf Trail

Nash Stream Forest, New Hampshire

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Great Gulf Trail is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Nash Stream Forest. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 1,362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,001 feet. The Great Gulf Trailhead (elevation 1,378 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there are camp sites.
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Great Gulf Trail is a hiking trail in Coös County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Nash Stream Forest. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 1,362 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,001 feet. The Great Gulf Trailhead (elevation 1,378 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Along the trail there are camp sites. This trail connects with the following: Sphinx Trail, Wamsutta Trail, Chandler Brook Trail, Great Gulf Trail Link, Osgood Cutoff, Six Husbands Trail, Osgood Trail, Appalachian Trail and Madison Gulf Trail.
Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Nash Stream Forest
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 5,001 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,362 feet
Top Elevation: 5,930 feet
Parks: Nash Stream Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 1330/5930 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1362/1362 ft

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"You don't have to climb a mountain to enjoy the glamour of the Presidential Peaks. Surrounded by magical alpine scenes, the Great Gulf Trail tracks the West Branch of the Peabody River as it arches far below the spectacular summits of Mounts Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Adams in a breathtaking display of classic wilderness beauty.

Mind you, this hike is not flat, but spreading the elevation gain over 6.5 miles makes this journey into the heart of the Great Gulf Wilderness more woodland walk than alpine assault. The destination of this hike is Spaulding Lake in the palm of the Great Gulf, one of three immense glacial cirques contained within the 5,500-acre Great Gulf Wilderness. Camping is prohibited within 200 feet of any trail or above the Sphinx Trail junction."

"Airplane Gully and Pipeline Gully are steep, elegant couloirs that descend one of the most dramatic alpine ravines of the White Mountains. The Great Gulf Trail descends a broad headwall."

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Jun 2018