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.
Full Service Season
June 3 – October 16, 2021
CLOSED for the Spring Self-Service Season
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.
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. With advance notice, we can offer child-friendly meal options and accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.
Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes eggs with pancakes or a baked good, plus hot cereal, fruit and breakfast meat, like bacon or sausage, with coffee, cocoa 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
What to Bring
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 4:00-10:00PM and 7:00-10:00AM.
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.
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
Directions to Galehead Hut
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).
Gale River Trail to Galehead Hut is a moderate but lengthy trail. The first half of the trail is a gradual incline that gives way to steeper terrain. Three stream crossings can pose a challenge in high water, but most often the crossings are manageable. Footing continues to be stable as the terrain becomes more angled. Estimated book time is 3 hrs, 27 min. Most hikers take between 3-5 hours to hike the 4.6 miles to the hut. The Gale River Trailhead is accessible from the Gale River Loop Rd (FR92) off NH Route 3 between Franconia Notch and Twin Mountain.