Thirteen Falls Loop Backpack


DATE: Jul 15, 2022
END DATE: Jul 17, 2022

Hike/Event Location: Twin Mountain NH

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NYC/Hudson Valley, NY United States

Meeting Time: 10:00 AM

Max # People: 6

Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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This backpack will be a 3-day, 31-mile scenic loop that takes us into the most remote part of the Pemigewasset Wilderness below Franconia Ridge.  We will summit three, four thousand footers: Mt. Garfield, Owls Head Mountain, and Mt. Galehead.  Our route will follow major watercourses of the Pemigewasset past cascades, pools, and swimming holes. 

Total cumulative elevation gain will be approximately 7500′ over 3 days.  The plan is to hike approximately 8 miles on Friday, 12 miles Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday.  Camping will be at the tent sites at beautiful Thirteen Falls (see link below) Friday and Saturday.   This will allow us to day hike from base camp near the falls to Owl’s Head Mountain and the loop around Owl’s Head back to Thirteen Falls.  There is a $15/person/night caretaker fee for tent sites.

On Sunday we will depart Thirteen Falls and ascend Mt. Galehead with a stop at Galehead hut for refreshments and then, after summiting, return to the cars via Gale River Trail.

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More details to follow by early summer.  Please contact trip leader for any questions regarding gear planning. 

This is a strenuous backpack.  Participants need to be physically and mentally prepared to backpack 31 miles / 7,500’ elevation gain and also manage water crossings and the possibility of muddy sections of trails.  Planning and coordination, appropriate gear, and clothing, grippy hiking boots and provisions for 2 nights and 3 days are required.

Equipment: Backpack, 3 season backpacking sleeping bag or quilt, sleeping pad, backpacking tent or bivy, 10 + essentials for hiking, filled water bottles (2-3 liters), water filtration or purification, backpack stove, cookware and utensils, bear bag / rodent proof food bag, provisions for 3 days/2 nights, trail snacks, headlamp, layered clothing for expected conditions and rain gear, water shoes, toiletries (suntan lotion, insect repellent).

Sharing of gear (stoves, fuel, water treatment and tents) is highly suggested. 

Water is expected to be available at each campsite and on route.

Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot

Logistics: We will spot cars at Gale River Trailhead so we can drive to Garfield trailhead starting point after the hike.

Garfield Trailhead (Starting Point): Located on the Gale River Loop Road (FR 92) off of NH Rte. 3 near Trudeau Road

Gale River Trailhead (Finish): Located on the Gale River Road (FR 92) off of Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain.


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Richardg Posted Jul 13, 2022 at 9:36 PM

All, Due to all of us arriving the evening before we can move up meeting time to 9 AM.

Richardg Posted Jul 10, 2022 at 9:29 AM

Hi Guys, The weather looks great for next weekend right now. Please prepare for crisp nights. There should be a bear box and privy at the campsite. Please bring cash for fee, unless we decide to look for a dispersed site. Contact me for any questions. R

Bobcat Posted Jul 5, 2022 at 9:04 AM

HIkers are welcome to stay at my house near Franconia NH before or after the hike. If interested, please email me for details. Bobcat

Richardg Posted Jun 3, 2022 at 10:19 AM

I fixed some confusing details regarding spotting of cars!

Richardg Posted May 3, 2022 at 8:08 PM

Hi Guys - I have fixed the hyperlinks in the trip description. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Rich

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