Manchester, NH: The Bonds

Climb a trio of peaks with bird’s eye views of the Presidentials on this 20-mile out-and-back in White Mountain National Forest.
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Climb a trio of peaks with bird’s eye views of the Presidentials on this 20-mile out-and-back in White Mountain National Forest.

Take in views of the Franconia, Twin, Presidential, and Wiley ranges, and bag three peaks on this challenging 20-mile out-and-back. Start out on the steep, forested Gale River Trail and cross several streams before reaching the Garfield Ridge Trail, which leads to the AMC’s Galehead Hut (3,780 ft.). Take the Twinway over .8 mile of trail to one of the best views of the Presidentials. You’ll descend through mixed forest, then climb out onto open rocks on the side of Guyot, just before the Twinway intersects the Bondcliff Trail, 2.8 miles from South Twin. Guyot campsite is .8 mile from this junction via the Bondcliff Trail and a spur (fees apply). Using this as a basecamp, you can climb the Bonds, three massive 4,000-footers along the Bondcliff Trail to the south.-Hike provided by the Appalachian Mountain Club

Waypoints

WMT002

Location: 44.1909744, -71.5791464

Turn left onto the Garfield Ridge Trail.

WMT003

Location: 44.1885434, -71.5683317

Galehead Hut. Continue east on the Garfield Ridge Trail.

WMT001

Location: 44.2395728, -71.6204309

Take the Gale River Trail southeast, passing the Littleton Reservoir and the North Branch of Gale River.

WMT006

Location: 44.1532676, -71.5323257

Mount Bond

WMT004

Location: 44.1866355, -71.5546846

Bear right at the Y-junction, merging onto the Twinway Trail. Pass South Twin Mountain.

WMT005

Location: 44.1685072, -71.5354586

Bear right onto the Bondcliff Trail.