Ascent of South Twin on 2012-04-07

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Date:Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Twin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4902 ft / 1494 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from Five Corners. Joel was sporting his Nazarene beard, which was awesome.

We found that the gate was still locked, so we had to hike the 2 miles in from the road to the trailhead. We were hoping to take the gale river trail up most of the way, then find the old trail that goes straight up North twin (shown on the 1939 USGS survey). Pretty sure we crossed the river at the right point, but we never did find any sign of the old trail. Instead we just started bushwhacking up. We found some yellow and blue ribbon markers placed in a line. We followed these for a while thinking they may be for a new trail up north twin, but eventually realized they were marking some boundary, not a trail. So we pointed straight up North Twin and headed off. We ran into alot of very densely tree'd areas that were pretty hard to get to.

We basically followed the western ridge of North Twin all the way up, which made for interesting views at times (not many), and gave us a couple spots to rock climb up. It took a long time, but eventually we made it all the way to the summit, and some cool views.

Joel on the summit of North Twin

View of Garfield and Franconia Ridge from North Twin

We didn't stay long but continued over to South twin. We ran into the only other party on the mountain that we saw on the way to South Twin,a girl and a guy (wearing jeans and a hoodie). It seemed odd to see someone so unprepared, dressed like a hipster at such a remote location. Anyway, the views from South Twin were fantastic (other than the clouds

View South to the Bonds from South Twin

Joel on the summit of South Twin

We soon continued down to the Galehead hut, dropped our packs and scurried up Galehead to the lamest summit I have ever been to, just a small cairn in the middle of the forest. WE headed back down to the hut and enjoyed our lunches.

We spent about 30 minutes eating, then headed back to the car via the Gale River Trail. Pretty smooth sailing the whole way. There was no snow at the bottom, but plenty of snow on top. There was a frozen spine going down the middle of the path pretty much the whole way (from the trail getting compacted, melting, then refreezing). This made for a difficult go of it because we slipped off very easily. Back to the bottom, and the 2 miles road hike back to the car.

Stopped for dinner at the common man in Concord. First time there, not as nice a feel as the Lincoln location, and the bison burger wasn't very good.

Very fun hike, but very challenging.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:452 ft / 138 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:452 ft / 138 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:North Twin Trail
    Trailhead:North Twin  4450 ft / 1356 m
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Twins

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Twin2012-04-07 a
2South Twin2012-04-07 b
3Galehead Mountain2012-04-07 c

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