Memorial Day Family Weekend Backpack to Galehead & Zealand Falls Huts, NH

Date and Time

Saturday, May 26, 2018 9:15AM - Monday, May 28, 2018


Galehead Hut,
New Hampshire, White Mountains,


Registration is required for this activity.


Family Memorial Day Weekend Backpack to AMC Galehead Hut (3,800 feet) & Zealand Falls Hut (2,700 feet), both still self service. Hike three 4,000 footers in spring. Visit two AMC favorites. Galehead Hut is the most remote of the AMC High Huts with glorious views of the Pemigawasset Wilderness Area. Zealand Falls Hut is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness. Meet Saturday morning 9 am at the Gale River Trailhead to shuttle cars to our endpoint, the Zealand Trail trailhead. We will hike to the hut on The Gale River Trail (4.6 mi. 2200 ft, elevation gain 3 hrs 25 min.). After arriving at the hut we can hike up to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) &/or to Galehead Mtn summit elev. 4,024 ft.(0.5 mi., 250 ft., 25 min.). We will carry & cook our own food and prepare a group dinner & breakfast at the hut. Sunday we hike The Twinway from Galehead Hut to Zealand Falls Hut (7 miles, 1,750 elevation gain, 4.25 hours). After the steep climb to the summit of South Twin Mtn. elev. 4,902 ft.(0.8 mi., 1,150ft.,1 hr.) the trail goes mostly downhill, with a minimal climb up to the summit of Guyot (4,580 feet), and a short but steep climb up to Zealand Mountain (4,265 feet). There are 360° views from the summits of South Twin and Guyot. Peakbaggers will get both South Twin and Zealand Mountain. Monday, we hike out the Zealand Trail 2.8 miles with 650 feet elevation loss to our cars. This trip is not for beginners as the trails are moderate to strenuous (ages 8+)! Cost/person lodging, 2 dinners, and breakfast (you bring snacks & lunch) $150 members; $170 non-members. To register click on "Register Here" above or cut and paste this URL into your browser: Questions contact: Jeanne Blauner,, 978-202-5606.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $150 member / $170 non-member
Youth: $150 member / $170 non-member
Child: $150 member / $170 non-member
*Two nights lodging, two dinners, & two breakfasts (you bring your own snacks and lunch)

Past participants say...

"What a reward from Galehead Hut! The Pemigewasset Wilderness stretches out in front of you with soaring peaks, waterfalls, and never ending views." "a beautiful location, nice falls, what a fabulous place Zealand Hut is!"

Related Link(s):

Register Here
AMC Galehead Hut
Galehead Hut, a Hiker's Guide
AMC Zealand Hut
Zealand Falls Hut, a Hiker's Guide

Driving Directions

Gale River Trail Head is located on the Gale River Road (FR 92) off of Rte. 3 in Twin Mountain. Zealand Trail is reached by following Zealand Rd. (FR 16), which leaves US 302 at Zealand Campground, about 2.3 mi. east of Twin Mountain village, to a parking area on the left 3.5 mi. up from US 302, just before a gate. The parking area is closed to public vehicular use from mid-November to mid-May, and at those times hikers and skiers must not park at the gate or along the highway, but must use the parking area across US 302, east of Zealand Rd.

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Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland and Peru/Machu Picchu.