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Astro on the AT 2018

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      My last option to complete the full section from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch passed. Car is loaded and I'm hoping for an 11:00 departure for Hartland VT then onto the Gale River Trailhead tomorrow morning.

      I'll take lots of pictures on the trail up to Galehead.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Crawford Notch NH.
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      StalkingTortoise wrote:

      My last option to complete the full section from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch passed. Car is loaded and I'm hoping for an 11:00 departure for Hartland VT then onto the Gale River Trailhead tomorrow morning.

      I'll take lots of pictures on the trail up to Galehead.
      As best I have been able to research so far it starts off mild, but picks up in difficulty as you get closer to the AT.
      Have a great time and I have you have good weather.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
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      Gale River Trail Guide

      The trailhead for the Gale River Trail is about 1.4 miles off of Route 3 via a gravel forest service road. Lots of parking on a Thursday morning but not a spot to be found on Saturday afternoon.



      Mile 1:
      Imagine walking on a treadmill set at a 5% incline through a nice deciduous forest.


      Mile 2:
      Add in some rocks and mud. Sometimes the incline goes up to 7%.


      Mile 3:
      After crossing a bog bridge, the trail actually descends for a few tenths. Some of those feet you have been slowly gaining are being taken away. After crossing the next bog bridge, the ascent continues at 10%. There's actually a view along the Gale River.


      Mile 4:
      The ascent increases to a 15% incline. You think you must be getting close to the AT but a descending hiker informs you that you will know when you get to 'real' climb.

      The real climb:
      Rock stairs. New Jersey has the 'Stairway to Heaven'. The Gale River Trail has the 'Stairway from Hell'.


      Took me 2 hours & 45 minutes to reach the AT. The kids in the Galehead Hut Croo do it in 2 hours with 60 pounds of perishable foods on their packboards.
      Trudgin' along the AT since 2003. Completed Sections: Springer Mountain to Winding Stair Gap NC, Max Patch to Franconia Notch NH and the Gale River Trail to Crawford Notch NH.

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