|The view from Galehead Hut- taken an hour apart|
|Trail relocation sign|
The first four miles of the trail are generally moderate, with a few steeper climbs toward the end. The beginning is very flat and a nice warm up. The elevation gain was nice as it was only 10 degrees out.
The Galehead Hut is about 4.8 miles from the trailhead at Gale River Road. It is open seasonally, but we made use of the benches for a snack break.
This little guy darted in front of the hut and leapt high in the air. I found him hanging by the hut later.
I tried to make the 4,024 foot summit of Galehead more exciting. There is a cairn to mark it, if that makes some folks feel better!
After Galehead, we headed up to South Twin. South Twin is less than a mile from the hut, but it’s steep! My legs felt like lead weights the whole day and this section didn’t help. I hurt my ankle a few weeks ago (darn leaves cover up roots!) and took a couple weeks to let it mend itself. That along with wearing my winter boots for the first time this season were probably two factors. There’s always a day where you just don’t function the right way.
|South Twin summit 4,902′|
The only time it was really cold was South Twin as there were 25-30 mph sustained winds.
South Twin: 4,902′
distance: 12.2 mile
Book time: 8:04- my time:7:00- includes all breaks
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Last modified: September 2, 2017