A challenging 4.6 miles from the trailhead, Galehead Hut is the most remote in the AMC hut system. Your reward for reaching the hut? The Pemigewasset Wilderness, with soaring peaks, sublime waterfalls, and never ending views. Have a seat on our front porch and take it all in.
In the heart of the Pemigewasset Wilderness, Galehead Hut welcomes all who come in search of the ultimate White Mountain adventure or simply a quiet escape. Embark on day hikes to nearby Twin or Bond peaks, or string together a hut-to-hut hike to Galehead's nearest neighbors 7 miles away. Our hearty breakfasts, home-cooked dinners, and lively croo won't disappoint.
May 6-May 29
June 2-October 15
For a full list of season dates and policies for all AMC Huts, view our White Mountain Huts Open/Close Calendar.
AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are "off the grid." Galehead Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.
Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.
In winter, each guest is provided with a pillow. Blankets are not provided during self-service season. Rooms stay cold, so please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight. A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.
Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay.
Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp, includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. Child-friendly meal options are available at all huts — just talk to our staff at check-in. With advance notice, we can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp, and includes either eggs or pancakes, plus hot cereal, fruit, and breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.
Lunch: bring your own; otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.
Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary needs. Please Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.
Guests pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware and serviceware. Please plan to Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.
A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.
AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship.
Our Hut Naturalist offers daily programs about the local flora and fauna before and after dinner in full-service season. Kids can complete an activity booklet to earn their Junior Naturalist patch.
AMC offers a Hiker Shuttle to major hut trailheads from Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge (summer and fall).
The friendly AMC hut "croo" or caretaker are available to assist you with trip planning, trail information, and weather reports.
Galehead Hut is wheelchair accessible.
We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.
Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.
Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.
Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.
The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Northeast's mountains. Even if it feels like summer in the valleys, it can be cold and winter-like on the high peaks. Use our gear guides to make sure you're packing everything you need for comfort and safety. Be prepared for severe weather
regardless of season, dress in layers (including synthetic or wool base
and insulating layers, and a windproof/waterproof outer shell), eat high
energy foods, and stay hydrated.
A Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets are provided; bring sheets, sleep sack or lightweight sleeping bag.
Enclosed gender-specific washrooms have cold running water, so you may want to bring a small towel or washcloth.
Dinner and breakfast are included in your hut rate, but please bring your own lunch and snacks. Some snack items, soup, or baked goods are available for purchase at the hut from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Lighting is limited to common areas only. Bring a headlamp for the bunkrooms at night.
A Bunk with pillow is provided, but blankets are not available during self-service season and the bunkhouse is unheated. Bring an appropriately rated sleeping bag.
Guests must pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware, and serviceware. Please pack out all trash, recyclables, and food waste.
Caretaker available 4:00 PM-10:00 PM and 7:00 AM-10:00 AM; caretaker may light fire in wood stove on winter evenings.
Franconia, NH 03580
Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)
AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
The most remote of AMC huts, Galehead makes it worth the while, with awe-inspiring Pemigewasset views, nearby summits, and quieter strolls into the heart of the wilderness.
Some of the most remote and sought after peaks, the Bonds offer the ultimate in peak-bagging satisfaction. Tag each Bond and then retreat to Galehead or push onward to Zealand Falls Hut.
You're already there. You've got to do it. Hike to the summit of Galehead Hut's namesake and check off another peak from your list of New Hampshire's 48 4000-Footers.
Hike down to Thirteen Falls, the site of former logging camp #13, and cool off in one of many swimming holes. Kick back in one of the most remote spots in the Pemi, miles from the nearest road.
Our hut naturalists love to share their knowledge about local wildflowers, geology, and hut history during talks before and after dinner. Kids can earn their Junior Naturalist patch!
We offer a range of guided outdoor skills and adventure programs year-round, including our popular Adult Adventures, Lodge-to-Hut trips, and Family Adventure Camps. View upcoming schedule.
Our guides offer custom outdoor trips on your schedule, based on your group's interests and experience level. We offer everything from 1-2 hour, day-long, and overnight programs. Learn more.
AMC's Hiker Shuttle connects the Highland Center, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and the towns of Lincoln and Gorham with major trails to the huts, allowing hikers to start and end their trip at different points. The stop in the town of Lincoln is coordinated with Concord Coach bus service. The AMC Hiker Shuttle runs daily for most of the full-service hut season, from early June to mid-September. The shuttle operates weekends-only only from mid-September to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended. View a complete schedule.
AMC's Hiker Shuttle offers transportation from Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and the Highland Center to all major approach routes to the huts in Summer and Fall. The Hiker Shuttle also picks up and drops off at the Irving gas station on Main Street in Gorham, NH. Reservations are required (call 603-466-2727).
Galehead Hut, elevation 3800': The Gale River Trailhead is accessible from the Gale River Loop Rd (FR92) off NH Route 3 between Franconia Notch and Twin Mountain. The Gale River Trail is a difficult 4.6 miles to the hut, takes approximately. 3.5 hours, and has 2200 ft. elevation gain.