Ascent of South Twin on 2013-10-20

Climber: John N

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Twin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4902 ft / 1494 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Newton at 6AM to bag South Twin and Galehead. The Gale River Trail had a moderate incline, though it was a bit wet. After ~2.5 miles a sharp incline began. It continued up to the Galehead Hut. From the hut there were great views out over the Pemi Wilderness. After a quick break I set out on the Twinway Trail. This was quite steep, gaining 1100 feet in just over 3/4 of a mile. Back down to the hut and a quick summit of Galehead and back to the car. No real stops along the way. Great views from the top of South Twin, but it was too cold/windy to stay long. Galehead also had a nice lookout point about 0.1 miles from the summit. All told the hike only took 5 hrs 20 minutes. Not bad for 12+ miles. The trail was a mixture of forest floor and some large rocks setup as steps. Pretty easy terrain as far as it goes.

Galehead Hut would make a great overnight as the Southwest views would likely have a great sunset.

For route down see Galehead.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3405 ft / 1038 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy & calm. Windy and cold on the summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3405 ft / 1038 m
    Extra Loss:103 ft / 31 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Gale River Trail > Garfield Ridge Trail > Twinway
    Trailhead:Gale River Road  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: South Twin, Galehead (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Twin2013-10-20 a

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