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Mt. Garfield
Bethlehem, NH, Franconia, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Garfield Trail
Looking up the Garfield Trail

Route: Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, (Mt. Garfield), Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield

Though clouds were supposed to move in, it looked like I had a decent window of weather to get in a hike. Mt. Garfield seemed like a good choice.

While I was feeling a little bit tired on the trail, I was still able to make good time. The trail was generally dry - water crossings were easily done and mud pits were at a minimum.

The views from the top were quite good - though hazy to the west, the views to the south were good, enhanced by late day shadows.

The descent went smoothly enough and I was able to make it to the trailhead without needing a headlamp.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Garfield
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, July 20, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:35 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,540'
Destination: Mt. Garfield
Ascent Commenced: 4:35 PM
Summit Reached: 6:21 PM
Time Elapsed: 01:56
Trailhead Elevation: 1,535'
Summit Elevation: 4,500'
Vertical Gain: 3,055'
Hike Ended: 8:33 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 03:58
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,150'

The Garfield Trail trailhead
The Garfield Trail trailhead

Alpine flowers near the summit of Mt. Garfield
Alpine flowers near the summit of Mt. Garfield

Looking at the Bonds and Owl's Head from Mt. Garfield - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Bonds and Owl's Head from Mt. Garfield

Topographic map of Mt. Garfield - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 3 South from US 302. Due to bridges being out on the west end of Gale River Road, take a left onto Gale River Road at the Five Corners junction. Bear left at the first fork, then take a right at the second fork, passing the Gale River Trail parking area. A few minutes later, the Garfield Trail WMNF fee hiker parking area is on the left, just before the Garfield Trail trailhead.

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