Galehead Hut

 

Galehead Hut

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.

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2016 Galehead Hut Season

Self Service Season

May 6-May 29

Full-Service Season

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.

Accommodations

Rooms

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.

Full-Service Season

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.

Self-Service Season

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.

Meal Service

Full-Service Season

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.

Self-Service Season

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.

Other Features

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.

Accessibility

Galehead Hut is wheelchair accessible.

Pets

We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.

Smoking

Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.

 ACCOLADES

National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler

Peak Experience: New Hampshire's White Mountains. Read the story.

NH Grand Adventure

2015 Grand Adventure

AMC's Huts receive 2015 Grand Adventure award from NHgrand.com.

NPR Here and Now

National Public Radio

Huts 125th Anniversary celebrated on NPR's " Here and Now."

New York Times Classic Huts Traverse

New York Times

Classic Huts Traverse featured in New York Times.


Before You Go

What to Bring

Clothing

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.

Personal Items

Full-Service Season

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.

Self-Service Season

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.

CONTACT US

Galehead Hut Map

Galehead Hut

Franconia, NH 03580  
amclodging@outdoors.org

Emergency Contact

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)

Reservation Changes

AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Top Things to Do

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.

The Bonds

The name is Bond

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.

Mount Galehead

Tag Mount Galehead

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.

Thirteen Falls

Swim in a waterfall

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.

Hut Naturalist Program

Learn from a naturalist

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!

White Mountain Lodges & Huts Guided Programs

Try a guided program

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.

Custom Guided Adventures

Build your own adventure

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.

Hiker Shuttle and Public Transportation

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.

Directions to Galehead Hut

Public Transportation

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).

Trail Access

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.