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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: Gale River Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, (Mt. Garfield), Garfield Ridge Trail, Garfield Trail, Gale River Road

After a bunch of days in a row on the trails, and immediately after a Bonds traverse, I was looking for something a bit more tame. With poor weather approaching, Garfield seemed to fit the description.

The small lot at the end of Gale River Road was plowed, however the road itself was gated. The first bridge had been repaired, however the second and third were still out - fortunately the water crossings were frozen over.

The Garfield Trail was hit pretty hard by blowdowns from the windy weather a few weeks earlier. Reaching the windy summit, we had very little visibility - however, it wasn't raining or snowing, so we were content.

We took our time on the descent, cleaning up as many of the blowdowns as possible. Reaching the parking lot, we were fortunate to beat out the storm.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Mt. Garfield
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Minimal (due to weather)
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, December 26, 2009
Hike Commenced: 8:09 AM
Parking Elevation: 1,320'
Destination: Mt. Garfield
Ascent Commenced: 8:42 AM
Summit Reached: 10:54 AM
Time Elapsed: 02:12
Trailhead Elevation: 1,535'
Summit Elevation: 4,500'
Distance: 5 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,055'
Hike Ended: 1:16 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,402'

The Garfield Trail trailhead
The Garfield Trail trailhead

Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Garfield summit - Click to enlarge
Looking into the clouds from the Mt. Garfield summit

Topographic map of Mt. Garfield - Click to enlarge

Directions to trailhead: Take US 3 South from US 302. In early winter 2009-10, the parking area at the end of Gale River Road (the South-West branch, on the left shortly after Five Corners and Trudeau Road) was plowed. The Garfield Trail is 1.2 miles up Gale River Road, on the right shortly after the forth bridge.

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