I've got a couple easy bushwhacks under my belt, so I was really looking forward to this hike, which included members who have a lot more bushwhacking experience. The cool part was that no one in the group had ever been to Southwest Twin before, so it was still going to be nice and fresh for everyone. We arrived at the Gale River Trail head and were off on the trail at about 7:15am. It was pretty chilly; there was snow on the ground, and we could see patchy fog on the mountain-tops above.
|Looking up towards the Twins from the Gale River Trail|
We arrived at Galehead Hut (closed for the season) hoping to get a nice vantage point of our destination, but were greeted with a thick layer of fog, at first. We took another break here in advance of the steep ascent up to South Twin. I always dread this section of trail, but it gets better and easier the more times its done. As we sat for a few minutes, the fog lifted slightly making way for a half decent view over South Twin's shoulder and up to Galehead.
|View from Galehead Hut|
|Galehead Mountain from the Galehead Hut|
|Looking down at Galehead with Garfield and Lafayette|
|Approaching the South Twin summit|
|South Twin summit; Mt. Washington in the background|
|Philip and I snap some photos form South Twin|
|What a spot for a break on South Twin|
|Owl's Head and Franconia Ridge with more in the background|
|Descending Twinway; Southwest Twin is the 3rd bump on the right|
|What it looked like at the very beginning of the 'whack|
|Barbara surfs some krummholz as we all did|
|Philip takes in the view, and scouts the route for next time|
|Galehead and Galehead Hut from a spot seldom visited|
|Looking south at all those peaks over the Bonds|
|The tricky ice on the Twinway|
|Looking out to the Galehead Hut clearing as final sun fades|
Philip, Barbara, Alan, and Mike, thank you for a great hike! It was a pleasure to meet each of you. Hopefully we can get back to this one soon.
Trails: Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway, bushwhack
Distance: 12.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft.
Actual Book Time: 12hrs