Forums 2012 Flags on the 48 2012 Trips & Routes South Twin

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  • Team Davey
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      We have a number trail options.

      Gale River Trail and North Twin Trail

      We have a good size crowd going up so maybe we’ll split up between each trail and trade car keys at the peak 😛

      I’ll update as we get closer to the date.


      Team Davey
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        The South Twin Route: Gale River, to Garfield Ridge to Twinway.

        The hike up South Twin (4,902′) via the Gale River, Garfield Ridge and Twinway trails is described in the AMC guide as an easy to moderate hike except for the short steep pitch on the Twinway trial just below the South Twin summit (.8 miles). South Twin is an open rocky summit with great views and can be exposed to dangerous winds in bad weather. The hike up is 5.4 miles with an elevation gain of about 3,300 feet and it will take us approximately 3.5 hours to reach the summit. Please be prepared for a number of brook crossings along the way. We would meet around 7:45 AM at the Gale River trail-head (parking lot) located on the Gale River Loop road off of US 3, past Franconia Notch. Also, keep in mind that the hike up and down plus 2 hours flying the flag will take us approximately 9 hours – we should get back to the tail head around 5:30 PM. Please plan accordingly. This should be a nice hike and you will be able to hike at your own pace. (Please note: for those of you who hiked with us last year – the Gale River Loop road is the same road we use last year to get to the Garfield trail-head)

        Meeting; When and Where:

        As in the past, our plan is to meet 7:00 AM Sunday morning at the McDonald’s parking lot in Lincoln and drive to the trail head together. If you want to drive to the trail head directly that’s fine I’ve included directions below. Also, as in the past a number of you have car pooled from the 99 parking lot in Nashua. It would be great if someone could organized this. It takes about an hour and 45 minutes to Lincoln from Nashua. Keep in mine we have to start our hike from the trail-head at 8 AM to get to the summit by noon – please plan accordingly.

        Please remember to pack warm clothes for the summit, water, snacks and lunch. Also a camera ! I will have the flag and poles. Any questions please send me an e-mail or give me a call.


        Getting There:

        McDonald’s parking lot (far end) 7:00 AM:

        McDonald’s parking lot, Lincoln NH, Rt 112,
        Exit 32 off 93 North, Left at end of ramp – McDonald’s is on your right.
        From there we will drive to the Gale River trail head off of Gale River Loop Road.
        (35 minutes) Please keep in mind we need to leave McDonald’s at 7:15 sharp
        so if you want to chat and get coffee please arrive earlier :o).

        Gale River Trail Head directions: Gale River Loop Rd road – 7:45 AM

        The Gale River loop road is the same road we used last year to get to the Garfield trail-head)

        Route 93 North through Franconia Notch Parkway past Cannon Mountain.
        Once you go by Cannon and Echo Lake on your left – take exit 35; Route 3 North,
        Look for 2nd Gale River Loop road on your right (after you go over a bridge). Follow this
        dirt road, take a right at the fork. The trail head is on your left.

        If you get lost you can try my cell number, 603.305.7921 or Brian’s at 603.289.5374

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