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Garfield Ridge (West Peak), Garfield Ridge (East Peak)
Bethlehem, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Garfield Ridge Trail on the way to the West Peak
Garfield Ridge Trail on the way to the West Peak

Route: Beaver Brook XC Ski Trail, connector trail, Gale River Road, Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, bushwhack, (Garfield Ridge West Peak), bushwhack, Garfield Ridge Trail, herd path, (Garfield Ridge East Peak), herd path, Garfield Ridge Trail, Gale River Trail, Gale River Road, connector trail, Beaver Brook XC Ski Trail

Trails are now well packed for snowshoe use. Maybe 6 inches of powder increasing to close to a foot up high. Snowpack up high close to 2 feet. Found a cut herd path leading to east peak.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Garfield Ridge - West Peak
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Garfield Ridge - East Peak
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time to Trailhead: 00:26
Parking Elevation: 1,420'
Destination: Garfield Ridge - West Peak
Time Elapsed: 03:28
Trailhead Elevation: 1,610'
Summit Elevation: 3,667'
Vertical Gain: 2,457'
Destination: Garfield Ridge - East Peak
Time Elapsed: 00:48
Trailhead Elevation: 3,667'
Summit Elevation: 3,590'
Vertical Gain: 410'
Hike Time Elapsed: 7:32
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,237'


The Gale River Trail trailhead
The Gale River Trail trailhead

Looking toward South Twin from near the summit of Garfield Ridge West Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking toward South Twin from near the summit of Garfield Ridge West Peak

The Garfield Ridge Trail between the peaks
The Garfield Ridge Trail between the peaks

Looking at Mt. Garfield from Garfield Ridge East Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Garfield from Garfield Ridge East Peak

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 South from US 302. In the winter, take a left into the Beaver Brook WMNF fee parking area, just before the five corners. Follow the Beaver Brook cross country ski trail counterclockwise. A short path will lead from the cross country ski trail to an open field and to Gale River Road (go left onto it). Take a right shortly thereafter onto the loop road. The Gale River Trail trailhead will be on the left .3 miles thereafter.

Back to Garfield Ridge (West Peak) Profile
Back to Garfield Ridge (East Peak) Profile




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