Ascent of Galehead Mountain on 2013-07-20

Climber: Jennifer Plaza

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Galehead Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4024 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

Under threat of severe thunderstorms, I made the trip to Galehead Mountain solo. I left the trailhead at 7am. It was a hot and humid day with an occasional shower. It was a pretty rocky trail most of the way, gentle grade in the beginning. It seemed longer than it was because it was kind of monotonous. Saw the Galehead Hut, but didn't go inside. The summit is wooded, but there is an outlook about five minutes from the summit that looks at the Twins. I met a nice guy from Montreal named Sly at the outlook who had hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. I made it back to the trailhead before 1pm. I drove through a severe thunderstorm in Peabody MA.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2424 ft / 739 m
    Distance:10.2 mi / 16.4 km
    Route:Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trai
    Trailhead:Gale River Trail Trailhead  1600 ft / 487 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Calm, Overcast
Showered once on ascent and once on descent. Very hot and humid. Overcast visibility.
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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