South Twin and Galehead, 10.10.15

October seems to have been a busy month!  I just found time to get the pictures off  my camera and realized that I am a “few” hikes behind in posting.  So, without further ado, a report from South Twin and Galehead.

I did this hike with my husband Ethan and friend, GregYEAH!.  I didn’t need North Twin for October and the other two didn’t care, so we opted for an out and back via using the Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail and Twinway.

The skies didn’t look so good on our trip to the trail head, and the clouds were certainly not was advertised in the forecasts, but we started up anyway, hoping for some clearing.  Besides, like we’ve said on many trips, “We’ve been in worse!”.  We started up the Gale River Trail at a good clip and Ethan got in the lead and took off.  Not that we were slacking, but he must have got something special that I didn’t at Dunkin Donuts.  Either that or GregYEAH! and I were catching up since we’d only hiked together briefly when I came through NH on the AT, and before that, hmmm . . . can’t remember.   Ethan was always within eyesight and we caught up at the junction with the Garfield Ridge Trail.  By this time, we had started to encounter people who had stayed at Galehead Hut the previous night and they reported snowfall.  Yay!  This will make things more interesting!

We arrived at Galehead Hut, regrouped and headed up to Galehead to tag that summit.  Not much to see, as usual, just a cairn in the woods and with the clouds still on South Twin, there wasn’t much to see from the viewpoint, either.  Next up was the trip up to South Twin.  On the way up, it looked like the clouds were clearing out, and sure enough, while on top, we were able to get some views.  There was even a nice dusting of snow to remind us that winter would be coming soon.  Of course, the views improved on the way back down, but that’s how it goes sometimes!

After a quick lunch at the hut, it was a quick trip in the sunshine back to the car.  It was a fun, quick trip with just a tiny taste of winter.

Summit of Galehead, with a dusting of snow.

Summit of Galehead, with a dusting of snow.

GregYEAH! on South Twin, clouds not quite gone behind him.

GregYEAH! on South Twin, clouds not quite gone behind him.

 

 

 

The Franconias as seen from South Twin.

The Franconias as seen from South Twin.

A look up to South Twin from Galehead Hut.

A look up to South Twin from Galehead Hut.

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