Galehead

Hiked Galehead on 5/7/2015. This was peak number 553 for “The Grid over 60”. Gale River Road wasn’t open yet so I had to park at Beaver Brook Cross Country area and walk the ski trails to get to the trailhead. It was another typical early spring hike with bare ground at the start and 3 feet of snow at the summit. Snowshoes were brought and used. I met the caretaker for the hut as she was walking down to go to a meeting and she said I would need the snowshoes, she was right.

Cross Country ski trail that I started on
Cross Country ski trail that I started on
Snow covered trail at 3000 feet
Snow covered trail at 3000 feet

First stop of the day was at Galehead Hut which was open on a caretaker basis. That means you can stay there and use the kitchen facilities but you have to provide your own food and bedding.

Galehead Hut
Galehead Hut

I then went the half mile up to the summit of Galehead.

Wooded summit of Galehead
Wooded summit of Galehead

Back to the hut to have my PBJ sitting on the rocking chair on the porch.

View from Galehead Hut
View from Galehead Hut

Started back to the parking lot and was surprised to find lots of wildflowers in bloom that had not been in bloom in the morning on the way up.

Trout Lily
Trout Lily
Spring Beauty
Spring Beauty
Purple Trillium
Purple Trillium

It was nice to see the flowers and no bugs out yet. Only 23 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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North and South Hancock

Hiked North and South Hancock on 5/2/2015, these were peaks 551 and 552 for “The Grid over 60”. This was my first Grid hike since February as I had already completed all the peaks for March and April. The weather was perfect for hiking with bright sunny skies, very little wind and temps in the fifties. The trail conditions were pretty typical for an early spring hike, bare ground at the start, then some ice and finally snow.

Monorail of ice with bare ground on either side
Monorail of ice with bare ground on either side

All the stream crossings were easy as the water levels were low for this time of year. I put snow shoes on for the ascent up North Hancock as the snow was softening a bit and also so I could use the televators because of the steepness. I went out to the outlook and took a few pictures.

The Osceolas from North Hancock
The Osceolas from North Hancock

After admiring the views I made my way over to South Hancock where I ate my PBJ. Because there is still 4 to 5 feet of snow on the ridge there are some views that you don’t get when there is bare ground.

North Hnacock and Arrow slide  from the ridge near South Hancock
North Hancock and Arrow Slide from the ridge near South Hancock

After leaving the summit of South Hancock there were good views over to the Franconia Ridge.

Franconia Ridge from South Hancock
Franconia Ridge from South Hancock
Lincoln and North Lincoln  from South Hancock
Lincoln and North Lincoln from South Hancock

I made my way quickly back to the parking lot and got home in time for supper. Only 24 more peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.