Mt. Whiteface (4020') shares a prominent ridge with Mt. Passaconaway (4,043') the easternmost 4,000 footer of the Sandwich Range Wilderness. Lookout ledges south of Mt. Whiteface's wooded summit offer great views of New Hampshire's Lakes Region.
Strenuous: The Gale River Trail is likely the most convenient & direct way to access this part of the Twin Range from the local roadways & AMC Hiker Shuttle. From there, Galehead's summit is reached by way of the Frost Trail, which begins close to Galehead Hut, near the intersection of the Garfield Ridge Trail, Twinway and Twin Brook Trail.
The AMC's Garfield Ridge Campsite is located on the Garfield Ridge Trail, just northeast of Mt. Garfield's summit.
The AMC's Thirteen Falls Tentsite is located at the junction of the Franconia Brook & Twin Brook Trails.
The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Whiteface are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping .
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