Twin Range

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointSouth Twin (4902 ft/1494 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesNew Hampshire
Area55 sq mi / 141 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent12 mi / 19 km North-South
8 mi / 13 km East-West
Center Lat/Long44° 11' N; 71° 33' W
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The Twin Range is a huge, sprawling, remote mass of mountains that is probably the most uncrowded yet high and scenic sub-range in all the White Mountains. Even though it ranks third in height in the Whites, the Twin Range is far from any highways, discouraging dayhikers in favor of backpackers from the Pemigewasset Wilderness and users of the A.M.C.'s Galehead Hut, least visited in their eight-hut chain.

The range begins with North Twin (4714'), an undistinguished, forested peak, and then runs south to South Twin (4902'), the highest in the Twin Range, its summit just barely above the trees and offering excellent views. Next is Mount Guyot (4560'), which although considered just a sub-peak of South Twin, is actually more interesting due to its large above-timberline area covering its flat summit. South from Guyot lie the real gems of the Twin Range, the Bonds. Mount Bond (4698'), West Bond (4520'), and the Bondcliffs (4265') cradle remote and alluring Hellgate Ravine, and are the three most remote White Mountain 4000-footers from a road. The Bondcliffs, a long, open, craggy crest, are especailly awsome. The Bondcliff trail and its spurs connect all three summits to the Twinway (Appalachian trail) at Mount Guyot, but Hellgate Ravine remains one of the great bushwahcks in the Whites.

Three more 4000 footers are spurs from the Twin Range: Mount Galehead, a minor summit connecting with the Garfield Ridge that eventually leads to the Franconia Range; Mount Zealand, a forested knoll to the east; and, north from Mount Zealand, fine, open Mount Hale (4077'), major summit of the ridge called the Little River Mountains. A spur of Zealand Mountain to the east forms one wall of Zealand Notch, site of Zealand Falls A.M.C. hut beside especially scenic waterfalls. Zealand Pond in Zealand Notch has two outlets, one flowing to the Connecticut River, the other to the Merrimac, making a large chunk of New England an island of sorts--this is one of the few examples of this hydrologic phenomenon in the United States.

Map of Twin Range
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Twin Range.
Franconia AreaLevel 5 (Parent)
         Franconia RangeLevel 6 (Sibling)
         Twin RangeLevel 6
         Willey RangeLevel 6 (Sibling)
         Pemigewasset RangesLevel 6 (Sibling)
         Moat-Bear Notch AreaLevel 6 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Twin Range

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.South Twin49021494Twin Range
2.North Twin47611451Twin Range
3.Mount Bond46981432Twin Range
4.Mount Guyot4560+1390+Twin Range
5.South Twin-Lower Knob4560+1390+Twin Range
6.Southwest Twin43571328Twin Range
7.Zealand Mountain4240+1292+Twin Range
8.Mount Hale40541236Twin Range
9.Galehead Mountain40241227Twin Range
10.Nubble Peak38131162Twin Range
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the Twin Range

South Twin
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South Twin from West Bond (2010-09-20). Photo by Rian Laub.
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North Twin
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Beautiful summer day at the top of North Twin (2014-06-28). Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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Mount Bond

The remote dome of Mount Bond rises above the crags of the Bondcliffs.
West Bond
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West Bond and Mt Bond from Bondcliff (2010-09-20). Photo by Rian Laub.
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The picturesque rocky crags of the Bondcliffs, from West Bond.
Zealand Mountain
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Wooded summit. Unfortunately no lookout view. (2014-06-29). Photo by Vic Stashewsky.
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Galehead Mountain
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Galehead Mountain and Galehead Hut in foreground as viewed from South Twin, with Franconia Ridge (left) and Mount Garfield in background (2014-09-25). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Nubble Peak
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My GPS route. See my trip report from 10-17-15. Went a little too far up the North Twin Trail before turning around and heading into the woods at the first river crossing (2015-10-17). Photo by Jason Rossman.
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Solo Labor Day Wknd hike and overnight at Zealand Hut (2015-09-06). Photo by Theresa McGuinness .
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Middle Sugarloaf
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View from the summit of Middle Sugarloaf (2017-09-17). Photo by Kevin Kilpatrick.
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