Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My 24th (Mount Garfield) and 25th (Galehead Mtn) 4,000 footers!

The end-of-July hike (Mount Willey, Mount Field, and Mount Tom) are grouped together in Crawford Notch State Park in the "middle group" (in the far-right green circle).
Previous hikes have been:
North Kinsman and South Kinsman are the far-far-left green circle
Cannon Mountain is the far-left green circle
just east of Cannon are Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette
south of them are Mount Flume and Mount Liberty (in the lower green circle)
Mount Hale is the middle-upper green circle
the pair to the west of Mount Hale are North Twin and South Twin
the lowest circle contains Mount Hancock and South Hancock
while today's hike (Mount Garfield and Galehead Mtn) are in the red square:

Go up 93 from Boston, around on Route 3 for about 5 miles, then right (south) on Gale River Loop Road for 1.1 miles

Using Map My Walk, I went up Garfield Trail (4.8 miles), then backtracked on Garfield Ridge Trail (0.2 miles) to get to the Mt Garfield summit (1.3 miles, 4500 ft). I then went back (east) along the Garfield Ridge Trail for 2.9 miles [0.2+0.5+1.6+0.6]) to get to the Galehead Hut, then 0.5 miles up to Galehead Mtn summit (4024 ft). Then backtracked 1.1 miles [0.5+0.6] to take the Gale River Trail (4.0 miles) down to the Gale River Loop Road, then 1.6 miles back to my car. With twists and turns and overlooks, I covered 17 miles in 7 hours 20 minutes. I covered about 6,840 feet in climbing elevation (2950 up, 950 down, 470 up, and then finally 2470 down):

Um, it was raining on my way north - actually, once in a while it could be said that it was "raining hard" (but no thunderstorms!). Visibility was near zero going through Franconia Notch, but once I got on Rt 3, there were patches of sunlight to the north. It stopped raining when I turned onto Gale River Loop Road, and I even took some pictures of my car in the sunshine to prove it!

It sort of started raining once I was going up Garfield Trail, so I put on my baseball cap and poncho (which Wendy made me bring)[thank you, Wendy]

Neither Garfield Trail nor Garfield Ridge Trail do a very good job at avoiding water/streams. As a matter of fact, Garfield Ridge Trail is the wettest trail I have ever been on. This is a shot of the Garfield Trail, about halfway up (yes, that "stream" is the "trail"):

My selfie on top of Mount Garfield - it is blowing 30 knots, and the reason you cannot see anything in the view is because I am up in the clouds and there is no "view"!

At a stop on the Garfield Ridge Trail - looking north

looking east - the trail in front of me

looking south up the mountain/ridge

A little later, looking across at Galehead Mtn, where I am heading

The trail markers in the fog

My selfie on Galehead Mtn

This is the picture I took two weeks ago from North Twin Mtn - the view looking west includes Galehead Mountain, with Mount Garfield in the far right and the Franconia Ridge in the distance (Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume [right-to-left]). Owl's Head Mountain is the mountain beyond Galehead and in front of Flume

The Garfield Hut

"stepping stones" down the Gale River Trail

Two views of the North Branch of the Gale River

I have to remind you (and myself) that this is October 7 - these streams should be about as dry as they get!

and that's all for today! Thank you God for a Great Day!

Wait, Wait (do tell me) - since I did #24 and #25 today, and there are 48 4000 footers, that means that I am MORE THAN HALFWAY!! (but who's counting, anyway?)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
168 miles -- Manchester-by-the-Sea to Tewksbury, then up 93 North to Rt. 3 to Gale River Loop Rd to trailhead parking lot (3 1/2 hours)
17 miles -- hiking (7 hours 20 minutes)
3 hours -- to get home

Continuing to listen to all my songs, in alphabetical order. I listened to 78 songs, in the F's
Quick note: "WM_" stands for Warren Miller ski movie soundtrack, which I built
Fearless Taylor Swift NOW 33
Feats Don't Fail Me Now Little Feat Waiting For Columbus (Live)
February 14 Drive-By Truckers A Blessing And A Curse
February Sea George Winston Winter Into Spring
Feed The Fire The BoDeans Joe Dirt Car (2 cds)
Feed The Fire [Live] The BoDeans The Best Of BoDeans: Slash And Burn
Feedback Grateful Dead Live Dead
Feel Q-Burns Abstract Message Feng Shui
Feel Strongline The Ultimate Ibiza Album [Disc 3]
Feel Alive Benassi Bros. Feat. Naan Ultra Weekend 3 [Disc 2]
Feel Fine Augustana All The Stars And Boulevards
Feel Flows The Beach Boys Almost Famous
Feel It Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963
Feel Like Makin' Love Bad Company 10 From 6
Feel No Pain Sade Love Deluxe
Feel November Scarlet Haven Paleologos
Feel So Glad (Digitally Remastered 90) The Steve Miller Band Your Saving Grace
Feel So Good Mose Allison Allison Wonderland: Anthology [Disc 2]
Feel the Vibe ('till Morning Comes) Axwell Hed Kandi Classics [Disc 3]
Feel Your Love (Extended Mix) Kim Sozzi Just Dance
Feel Your Love Tonight Van Halen Van Halen
Feelin Free (Alternative) Michael Franti & Spearhead Everyone Deserves Music
Feelin' Alright Joe Cocker House M.D.
Feelin' Alright Joe Cocker Woodstock 94 (2 cds)
Feelin' Alright? Traffic Smiling Phases (2 cds)
Feelin' Alright? Traffic Traffic
Feelin' Bad Spooky Tooth Spooky Two
Feelin' Good John Coltrane Standards
Feelin' Love [Ian Carey Main Remix] Soulsearcher Hed Kandi Classics [Disc 2]
Feelin' Lowdown Andy Bey Tuesdays In Chinatown
Feelin' The Same Way Norah Jones Come Away With Me
Feeling Fine 3 Brave Woodsmen Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Feeling Gravity's Pull R.E.M. Fables Of The Reconstruction
Feeling Gravity's Pull [Live] R.E.M. Live At The Olympia In Dublin (39 songs)
Feeling So Real Moby Songs 1993-1998
Feels Like Home Chantal Kreviazuk Songs From Dawson's Creek
Feels Like Home [Live] Randy Newman The Best Of Randy Newman
Feels So Good Gabriela Anders Wanting
Felicity's Theme W.G. "Snuffy" Walden Music by W.G. Snuffy Walden
Feliz E Triste Ceumar Brazilian Café
Fell In Love With A Boy (Live Acoustic Version) Joss Stone The Best Acoustic Album In The World... Ever
Femme Fatale R.E.M. Dead Letter Office
Femme Fatale R.E.M. Reckoning - Live At The Aragon Ballroom 7/7/84
Feng Shui Q-Burns Abstract Message Feng Shui
Fergus Falls Field Report Field Report EP
Ferlendis: Oboe Concerto In F - Rondo Burkhard Glaetzner The Instruments Of Classical Music - The Oboe
Ferry Randy Roos Narada Guitar (2 cds)
Ferry Cross The Mersey Pat Metheny One Quiet Night
Ferryboat Serenade Duke Ellington Complete Legendary Fargo Concert (cd 1)
Festive Minor Trinitarian Congregational Church, Concord Jazz Service
The Fever Bruce Springsteen 18 Tracks
Fever Peggy Lee Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 5: Wild Cool & Swingin
The Fever Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes I Don't Want To Go Home
The Fever Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes 1978: Live In Boston
Fever (Adam Freeland Remix) Sarah Vaughan Verve Remixed, Vol. 3
Fever / Comin' Home Baby The Ernie Freeman Group Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 11: Organs in Orbit
Fever Dog Stillwater Almost Famous
...A Few Final Bars Bill Evans The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard 1961 [Disc 3]
The Fez Steely Dan Royal Scam
Fez - Being Born U2 No Line On The Horizon
Fictionary Lyle Mays Fictionary
Fiddle About The Who Tommy
Fidelity Regina Spektor WM_Playground
Field of Opportunity Neil Young Comes A Time
Field Trip David Arnold Quantum Of Solace
Fields Of Gold Sting Ten Summoner's Tales
The Fields, The Sky [Live] Pat Metheny Group Travels (live) (2 cds)
Fifteen Taylor Swift Fearless
A Fifth Of Beethoven Walter Murphy Saturday Night Fever
Fifty Dollar Love Affair Joe Jackson Big World
Fill This House Maeve Mothers Of Grace Club
Filled With Glory Michael Gungor 51 Must Have Modern Worship Hits
The Final Bell Bill Conti Rocky
Final Showdown Maya Rudolph & Rupert Everett Shrek The Third
Final Theme Bob Dylan Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
Finale Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Ensemble Wicked- Original Broadway Cast Recording
Finale Yngwie J. Malmsteen G3 Live Rockin' In The Free World [Disc 1]
Finale (Live) Mose Allison The Mose Chronicles Vol. 1

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