The standard route is a 2 mile hike from the trailhead to the summit with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet. South Twin Mountain via North Twin Trail. But company was great & always great to get out. The mountain is named after Phillip Carrigain, New Hampshire's Secretary of State from 1805-1810. Peak fall colors was about 1-2weeks ago, but the birch bring a pretty party. Trail was very gradual until the turn onto the Garfield Ridge Trail, then it gets a little steeper. Easy to moderate trail for a 4000 footer, excellent views from the top! Took us 6 hours and we were pretty knackered by the time we got back to the car. Great hike up most of the 3000 feet of elevation was fairly gradual. My daughter and I ascended the Greenleaf Trail over Lafayette, and the entire length of Garfield Ridge Trail. Mount Garfield Normally done by the Mt. The Recreation Report for New Hampshire and Western Maine gives a two day forecast for higher elevations (separate forecasts for elevations of 2,500 to 4,000 feet and for above 4,000 feet). They would come in handy for other parts but you can sneak off to side as needed. This is the quickest trail to hike Galehead Mountain, but it can be a detour to Mount Garfield as well. Trail had switchbacks which were great! Don’t let this hikes mileage discourage you, trail is easy going the whole way. Got to the summit just in time to see all the flags being raised on the peaks for remembrance of 9/11. Garfield is by a short, but very steep and rocky, segment of the Garfield Ridge Trail . Mt. I even saw some bicycle tracks. The summit was a bit crowded, but there were many rock outcrops to sit on. It was a clear day and we could even see Washington and pretty much all the whites. Zoom in to see details. Mount Garfield Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Def needed the microspikes. The original trail followed the stream to Hawthorne Falls and eventually topped off in the col below the summit of Mount Garfield on the Garfield Ridge Trail. WENT FOR 4 PEAKS, … Sandy ... Garfield Pond Loop via Mount Garfield Trail. Garfield Trail (rt: 10.0 miles, 3,000 feet, 6:30), an old tractor road, hence the grades are easy and the footing is good. Microspikes were all that was needed, except for the steep section of the Garfield Ridge Trail below the Garfield Shelter, which required crampons; seriously icy. Mt. Garfield NH 48 4000 footers. A little muddy on the way down. It is also along the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The hut is open from mid-May to mid-October (caretaker basis in May), offering meals and overnight accommodations. When I got to the top of Mount Garfield, just after 10am, there was nothing to see, it was completely socked in, and finding the actual summit was difficult enough. Please pack out what you brought in; thank you! Franconia Ridge, glimpse of Cannon, Owls Head, Osceolas, Hancock’s, Carrigain, the Bonds and the Twins. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Breaking Above Treeline on Mount Garfield (4500′) The temperature was in the single digits when I woke on Saturday morning just before dawn. The original trail followed the stream to Hawthorne Falls and eventually topped off in the col below the summit of Mount Garfield on the Garfield Ridge Trail. Spring Hike to Mount Garfield After a week of mixed precipitation and rain the weekend weather forecast was looking great. The AMC’s Zealand Falls Hutis located at 2,630 ft. on the north end of Zealand Notch, near the Twinway, Zealand and Ethan Pond Trails. Mount Garfield is an iconic landmark of the Grand Valley located near the town of Palisade. Snowshoes were needed just beyond the half-way point. Only stayed a few minutes to take photos. If you approach the summit from the way we did (coming from Galehead Mountain), be prepared for a … First 1-2 miles, relatively flat (slight uphill), some mud after mile 3, no snow or ice (the last day of the warm November weather we've been having). It’s a pleasant forested trail to climb with good footing. #11 in the books excited for the next. This is a difficult out and back trail to Garfield Pond in White Mountain National Forest. The goal of Granite Backcountry Alliance is to advance the sport of backcountry skiing in New Hampshire and Western Maine by providing low-impact human-powered backcountry skiing opportunities to the public through the creation, improvement and maintenance of ski glades. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. It is basically a massive badland butte, and it is the highest point of the Book Cliffs that run from western Colorado into eastern Utah. ... New Hampshire National Guard assists a hiker into a UH-60 Blackhawk during a rescue mission to Mount Garfield in Northwestern New Hampshire August 28. Micro Spikes came in handy the last mile or so. Mt. High Peaks This map (page 1) and accompanying legend (page 2) is available at many libraries in the Lakes Region. In the winter and early spring the Gale River Loop Road may be closed in which case you can park in one of the pullouts and walk up the road till it crosses the Garfield Trail] Drive about 3 miles, past the Gale River Trailhead to the Garfield Trailhead. Garfield. Garfield Pond is at 3,860 feet, just to the west of Mount Garfield and for some reason the main trail doesn't go to the pond. Gradual ascent, transitioning from wet& muddy to snow&icy. Garfield is flanked to the east by South Twin Mountain, and to the southwest along Garfield Ridge by Mount Lafayette. 90% of the trail is gradual save for the last ~15 min or so. The Skookumchuck Trail is a pleasant hike through open forest to the Garfield Ridge Trail Skookumchuck Trail. The waterfall used to be reached by the original route of the Gale Rive Trail, which branched off the present day trail at the Garfield Stream crossing 2.2 miles from the trailhead. From the trailhead, take the trail just past the fee … There are good views from the summit of Mount Garfield and longer hikes can be made by following the Appalachian Trail in either direction. Map. As other reviews mentioned, there’s a gate before trail which adds 1.2 miles each way. Take 93 North … Garfield. Day 2: Garfield, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little Haystack, Liberty, and Flume I started at 5:45 a.m. and I only had 2.0 miles to cover to get to the summit of Mount Garfield, but that two miles covered nearly 2,000 feet of climbing. The Appalachian Trail runs along the ridge and across the summit of Garfield. The hike is gorgeous nonetheless. Travel about 5 miles to Gale River Loop Road. I’d decided to spend the weekend sleeping outside in my tent and -25 degree sleeping bag, while my friends slept all snug and warm inside of Subsig Cabin, a rustic cabin located in Crawford Notch. Definitely a harder hike, about 3 1/2 hours up with a few short breaks and 2 hours down no breaks moving fast with the poles. Mount Bondcliff NH (3.5 mi) Mount Bond NH (3 mi) Mount Garfield NH (1.9 mi) Mount Guyot NH (2.3 mi) Mount Hale NH (4 mi) Mount Hale South Peak NH (3 mi) Mount Lafayette NH (3.9 mi) Mount Lincoln NH (4.3 mi) (4.1 mi) The last mile was nothing but ice. HIKING MOUNT GARFIELD KICKED MY ASS. Mount Garfield dominates the view from I-70 as you pass it about 10 miles east of Grand Junction. As the trail begins to narrow a moderate incline is visible. Gorgeous views! The grade on this trail is moderate except for the last steep ascent. I cleaned up after the pigs because that’s what we need to do, these days, to protect our forests. Weather: ... Lincoln Woods Trailhead (Lincoln) NH. Hike date: 06/29/2019-06/30/2019 Description: Mount Garfield’s rocky and bare summit offers hikers a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding Franconia Ridge and the valleys. Found a pair of black glasses on trail 5/30. Hiked 11/29. Great family friendly trail..watch out for the wasps.. 3 out 7 got stung. The first mile or so is a road walk along the Gale River Loop Road to the summer trailhead. The summit itself has no views, but there is a great view-point near the summit with beautiful views. Incredibly gorgeous ! Also on: Tags: chatter Hiking Mt. Trail washed out, pretty much hiking in a river the whole way up after the first mile. Mt. Just over six hours total for two novice hikers. After doing this trail in September, I came to the conclusion The AMC’s Guyot Campsite is located on the Bondcliff Trail, between Mts. Weather was awful rainy & cold. Very windy and cold up top. Mount Garfield is a 4,500 foot mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire. Summary. Long trail but very gradual and easy relatively speaking.. Out of the 15+ 4k footers I’ve done now Garfield was my favorite summit and a very easy trail 360 degree views... looking south into the Pemigewasset is majestic. I'm wondering that myself! Yoho blow the man down windy on top. It is located in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountains . Mount Garfield is a mountain located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Mount Garfield (4,501′) Trail: Garfield Trail Difficulty: Intermediate Distance: 10 Miles The first mile or so is a road walk along the Gale River Loop Road to the summer trailhead. Very gradual climb. It lies in the Franconia Range along with Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, Mount Flume and Mount Liberty. Stopped at Garfield Pond on the way down. The Skookumchuck Trailhead is on Rt 3 at the end of the Franconia Notch Recreation Path. Wouldn’t recommend this on skis. A nice tour up but a terrible ski down. Pierce and Jackson are the perfect intro winter mountains to the NH 4000 footers. Trip Planning. Weather was rainy and cool. Bring extra socks you’ll need them even with the most water proof boot. I am 68 and my wife is 64 so we better get busy on the rest. While this hike isn’t the most technically challenging, it is LONG, so probably not ideal for beginners. It was going to be interesting to see what the rain did to trail conditions. Mt. Gale River Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail, Frost Trail, Garfield Trail by Chris You may be wondering what the heck I was thinking. The trail winds through a birch filled forest that yields to spruce and firs. Nice and warm down below but really windy up top. Don't forget the traction for a safer, more enjoyable hike above the mud. After doing this trail in September, I came to the conclusion that it is a lousy summer trail but a great winter trail due to erosion. john.volent 1 year, 4 months ago Track (7/7/19, 9:53:03AM) ari.iaccarino 2 years ago Garfield & Galehead Loop. The sun continued to pop in and out among the clouds while I climbed to the top of Mount Garfield and at that point I thought the storm was over and that it was going to eventually clear. Garfield Trail (rt: 10.0 miles, 3,000 feet, 6:30), an old tractor road, hence the grades are easy and the footing is good. The main page gives the essential information-- the trail is about 2 miles one way and gains about 2000'. A WMNF parking pass is required. Easy peasy. The last 0.2 is steeper with some scrambles. So breathtaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Summits: Mount Garfield (4,500') Trail route: Gale River Loop Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail Trail conditions: Hard packed and soft packed trail with an unbroken section to the summit Weather: High, thin cloud cover and cold temps Total miles: 12.4 RT Total time: 6:25 Number 17 on the NH 4000 Footers list. Mount Garfield Trail Conditions These posts have been tagged with Mount Garfield NH , or are within 1.5 miles of it. Hugs to the trail adopters!! Hiking poles can be very useful, especially for the decent. This is a very difficult hike, however the views on the ridge line are nothing short of spectacular. I definitely recommend this hike but, again, it is long so pack and plan accordingly! Endless views North & West. Beaver Brook Trailhead, Lost River Rd, Lisbon, NH 03585 16, 17 & 18. Trail Conditions From the parking area we followed the road to the trailhead and then took the Garfield Trail to the summit of Mount Garfield , returning the same way. It was amazing. The trailhead is about 1 mile down the road on the right. No bugs today were a plus and views were amazing! This is a point-to-point hike visiting Garfield Pond and summiting Mount Garfield. The Mount Garfield Trail goes up the middle of the hill on the north side of the parking area, and the Gearhart Mine Trailhead can be accessed by the east side of the parking area. Be prepared with plenty of water and sturdy footwear. Views are spectacular in all 360 degrees. Most of the trail is a flat, steady incline. Trail was well packed. This is a top 10 hike- great views on a clear day. Continue on Twinway to South Twin Mountain and Mount Guyot. Though there was no trash on my way up, there was excessive toilet paper on my way down. Trail was very muddy down low and icy up top. A hike to Mount Garfield would be a good check of the trail conditions as this is not a difficult trail and it has a moderate grade with the last short section to the summit steep and usually icy in the winter. Mount Cardigan Trail Conditions These posts have been tagged with Mount Cardigan NH , or are within 1.5 miles of it. But in winter, the road leading to the trailhead is closed, so you need to park just off Rt 3 and walk in another 1.25 miles, increasing the round trip distance of the hike to 12.5 miles. The town's main streets are formed by the intersection of Route 16 and Route 2. In reality, compared to neighboring hikes such as the Liberty Springs Trail, Falling Waters Trail and Old Bridle Path, it’s a walk in the White Mountains National Forest park. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Mount Garfield is a 10 mile round trip hike with incredible 360 degree views. The Skookumchuck Trail may also be used to reach Mt. Hiking poles a must especially coming down. The trail goes through a substantial birch stand. After doing this trail in September, I came to the conclusion that it is a lousy summer trail but a great winter trail due to erosion. Hike New Hampshire. It dwarfs the ridge peaks, but its summit views are probably better than its brethren (in my opinion). The Mount Garfield Trail goes up the middle of the hill on the north side of the parking area, and the Gearhart Mine Trailhead can be accessed by the east side of the parking area. Garfield is a prominent outcrop in the Little Book Cliff mountains just to the north of interstate 70 between Grand Junction and Palisade, Colorado. Garfield Mountain is a 4,500 foot mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire (Grafton County) in the White Mountains. The first time was a hike of Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, North Twin, back over South Twin, down to the Gale River Road and walked in the snow back to my car ( Click here for that report ). Horses and rider at the Mount Garfield trailhead in Palisade, Colorado. NH 100 Highest NH 4000 Footers NH 52 With A View NH AMC Huts NH Belknap Range NH Ossipee 10 Morgan with gorgeous views of Squam lake and Rattlesnake Mountain. The AMC’s Galehead Hutis located at 3,800 ft. on the Garfield Ridge, near the Twinway, Garfield Ridge, Frost, and Twin Brook Trails. Love Garfield! Saw about 20 others on Saturday including two with skis and one guy on a bike. Wear a good pair of waterproof hiking boots. Re-Uploading due to a music claim:Alpha-Gal and M2 planned this as a 4 day hike from Franconia Notch to Crawford Notch using the Hut system for overnights. Mount Garfield is the odd one out of the Franconia Range. A great little hike that climbs steadily to the top of Mt. Garfield back in mid-October and it was one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. Directions from Franconia Notch State Park, NH: Travel north on I-93 to US 3 east. Here the trail turns into the Garfield Ridge/ Appalachian Trail (AT) to Mount Garfield. Incredibly well maintained and wonderfully switchbacked trail. The leftmost prominence is Mt. This connects to the junction of NH Rts 116 and 112, north of Kinsman Notch. These trails are steep and challenging, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended due to the rocky terrain and unstable footing. Garfield is a prominent outcrop in the Little Book Cliff mountains just to the north of interstate 70 between Grand Junction and Palisade, Colorado. The Garfield Ridge and Franconia Ridge Trails, both popular and scenic, intersect at the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Trail was extremely muddy, & wet. The foliage was beautiful and the view at the summit was breathtaking (lucked out and got a clear day). Connected via Garfield Ridge to Mount Lafayette 3.5 miles away. Left hanging on gate at entrance to Gale River Rd. Had the peak to ourselves. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Click the map below for a larger version. Length10.1 miElevation gain3028 ftRoute typeOut & back - I have hiked Mount Garfield before in the winter. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665. Once you get to the summit... you’ll be glad you came. It connects the mountains of the Franconia Ridge to the Twin Mountain range. really cold at the summit wear appropriate clothing. Climb steeply uphill on Garfield Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail for 0.5 mile. Directions To Mount Garfield: For driving directions to trailheads near Mount Garfield click a parking area on the map above, and choose Google Driving Directions. Mount Moriah is located about five miles southeast of Gorham, NH. The hut is open from early June to … Garfield Trail, though long, has generally good footing and moderate grades. Switched to micro spikes around 3.5 miles. Mount Garfield Normally done by the Mt. No need for snowshoes today. Mount Moosilauke is a really fun day hike that offers amazing views. It wasn’t too crowded like some others in the White Mountains and there were a few streams along the way. Was overcast at the top but I imagine a beautiful view on a clear day. Summits: Mount Garfield (4,500') Trail route: Gale River Loop Road, Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail Trail conditions: Hard packed and soft packed trail with an unbroken section to the summit Weather: High, thin cloud We hiked Mt. The final push up the last .02 from the AT to Garfield’s summit is steep. The hike is almost two miles each way with over 2,000 feet of elevation change. Mount Garfield Trail is a 16.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Benton – The trailhead is located on the Tunnel Brook road, off of Noxon Road. Incredibly easy trail for a 4k footer; 3000 feet of gain but over 4.8 miles. Access is up the Garfield Trail from the Gale River Loop (FR 92) off of NH Rt 3, and north .2 miles on the Garfield Ridge Trail. At the very end (<.5 miles to summit) there is a more steep, rocky incline (you may need to use your hands a bit/scramble). The trail begins as an easy walk on an old tractor road through a healthy growing forest recovering beautifully from its logging in the 70's. Snowy tops of Presidentials. With 3,500 feet of elevation gain spread over 5 miles, it offers mostly gradual incline, making the hike seem to be at the easy to moderate level. Very wet and muddy for first few miles. Mount Garfield Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. View from the summit of Mount Garfield (photo by Diane King) If you are reading this and you think that toilet paper is biodegradable; no, toilet paper is considered littering. Mt. The map below is a fully interactive Google map, you can zoom in or out and click on any feature. The trail was well marked and had a nice gradual incline. The road to the Garfield Trail trailhead is closed in winter which adds an addtional 1.4 miles each way to the hike. 4 hrs 10 min total and an incredibly peaceful and beautiful morning on the way up!! The first time was a hike of Garfield, Galehead, South Twin, North Twin, back over South Twin, down to the Gale River Road and walked in the snow back to my car ( Click here for that report ). That was disheartening but hopefully as the global pandemic eases and we return to just having LNT educated hikers on the trails, that will improve. Mount Mansfield, Maine ... Mount Snow , opens in a new window. Only our 2nd 4000 footer so a few more to go. Bond and Guyot. The mountain is part of the White Mountains. Mount Garfield NH. Expect the hike to take several hours to complete. Galehead Mountain is a 4,024 foot mountain in the Twin Range in Franconia, New Hampshire (Grafton County) in the White Mountains. Mount Carrigain is a 4,700 foot mountain located in Livermore, New Hampshire. Mile 15.5 is where you can stop in the Galehead Lodge for water and shelter. There is also a point forecast for Mount Liberty. What makes this mountain stand out from many of the other White Mountains is 1) the relative ease of the hike to the top via the Garfield Trail (class 1) from Gale River Loop Road (off Route 3), and 2) the grand view from the from the top looking at the Pemigwasset Wilderness towards the south. On the other end of the Gale River Loop the Gale River Trail climbs up to the ridge near Galehead Hut. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. The trailhead is located just north of Saco Lake in Crawford Notch. The last .2 miles were a little slippery. The hike across to Galehead and the hut is easy enough, while the descent down Gale River Trail is a wonderful hike through the forest. Amazing view at the top. It is a long but very gradual trail until the last 1/4 mile. Trail very rocky lots of switchbacks. Just under 5 hours round trip. The waterfall used to be reached by the original route of the Gale Rive Trail, which branched off the present day trail at the Garfield Stream crossing 2.2 miles from the trailhead. The hike includes three miles of hiking on Garfield Ridge. Exactly 12 miles round trip from parking lot. 4.5hrs with about a 30min rest at the top to enjoy the views of Lafayette and the other Whites. Definitely needed micro spikes the last mile or so. The trail was quite muddy up to about mile 3, but worth the spectacular view of the entire Pemi Loop and some of the Presidential Range. Mt Garfield Trailhead, Bethlehem to Mount Garfield, Franconia, NH, USA Nandor Szotak 5 years, 8 months ago Mt Garfield - Mt Galehead (5/24/15, 10:36:17AM) There generally is plowed parking at the end of the road. Garfield: Elevation: 4,500' Popular Trails: Garfield Trail Garfield Ridge Trail: Road Access Notes: Gale River Road generally closes in November or December and reopens in April or May. Single blue blaze. Amazing views up top and not a difficult hike up. The backside of Mt. These trails are steep and challenging, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended due to the rocky terrain and unstable footing. Trail Map. Mt. Parking area - 1,300' Garfield Trail trailhead - … Its just outside of Lincoln NH on the Kancamagus Highway. Lafayette by way of the Garfield Ridge Trail. From Boston, your best bet is probably to take Route 93 North, and exit onto Route 3 north (at the north end of Franconia Notch) as a shortcut to Route 2 east. If you are hiking in on Gale River Loop Road which you will have to do in winter, when the road forks, take the left hand path. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Good pace, good work-out and first ‘technical’ winter/early spring hike! Mount Garfield is a New Hampshire 4000 footer best known for its rocky knob summit with sweeping views deep into the Pemigwasset Wilderness. The final ascent to the summit of Mt. Bring spikes ! Would be a perfect snowshoe and is even packed down enough for just boots . At the height-of-land, take a short spur path on the right to the summit of Mount Garfield where there are fantastic views and a foundation from an old fire tower. You will cross a bridge and then trailhead is about 0.1 miles further on the right. From the parking area we followed the road to the trailhead and then took the Garfield Trail to the summit of Mount Garfield, returning the same way. The trail is steep and challenging but offer exceptional views. Muddy on up, trail was clear and well maintained however. traction seemed wise past the ridge trail junction to summit. Barebooted to the trailhead and probably the first 3 1/2 miles of the Gale River Trail. Packed snow, amazing overcast, light traction. Unbeatable views! Garfield, NH Trail Conditions and Information Peak: Mt. Well marked trail. North Twin, South Twin and Galehead mountains make up the northern portion of the Pemigewasset Wilderness along with Mount Garfield. The final ascent to the summit of Mt. Definitely bring spikes for the last .2 to the top. Garfield Trail (round trip: 10.0 mi, strenuous) – the bare summit ledges of Mt. Adding in Galehead is a good way to knock of two 4,000 footers on a long day hike. The summit of Garfield presents itself at 2.4 miles past the junction of the Gale River Trail. Lots of mud but it’s the White Mountains; we have mud and rocks and roots and glorious forests!!. A quick 2.5 hour hike got us back to the trailhead. It dwarfs the ridge peaks, but its summit views are probably better than its brethren (in my opinion). The summit is large and fairly flat, with the foundation of an old fire tower near the Eastern side. Calm day on the beautiful Garfield Trail. The route listed by others is actually Mount Garfield Trail, not Garfield Ridge Trail. DIFFICULT 10.2 mi. Mount Garfield Trail is a 19.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The There is an option to also summit Mount Lafayette. microspikes needed. Normally, the round trip distance to Mt Garfield is 10 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Micro spikes a must for the last mile. - I have hiked Mount Garfield before in the winter. Our feet were sore after this one! Lincoln Woods is one of the largest trailheads in The Whites. It dwarfs the ridge peaks, but its summit views are probably better than its brethren (in my opinion). Unfortunately, the Mountain Weather Reports called for a break in the clouds between 8-4pm, but Mother Nature decided differently! Mount Garfield is the odd one out of the Franconia Range. The road to the Garfield Trail trailhead is closed in winter which adds an addtional 1.4 miles each way to the hike. Garfield, located just miles east northeast of Mt. Huge number of people coming up, when I was going down, this morning, who have clearly never heard the term, “Social Distancing” and have no idea how to leash a dog. We wound up sleeping at Garfield Shelter and Tentsite, and saved the steep descent for fresh legs, a fall here would be devastating. Garfield (4,500 ft) are perched high above the Pemigewasset Wilderness and offer one of the best views of the White Mountains. New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Mt Garfield Trailhead, Bethlehem, NH, USA. I chose one of my favorite summits for today's hike, Mount Garfield … 3. Think I have a pic of a moose track in the snow. This trail starts at the Mount Morgan Trailhead parking area and begins climbing moderately to the junction with Morse Trail which veers off to the right. Started with spikes but changed to snowshoes about 1/3 of the way in as the snow was a bit soft. The Black Flies were demoralizing...bring a hood for when you stop moving for more than a minute. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Please note: Gale River Road may close for the winter, adding an extra 1.2 miles each way from the winter parking area off of Route 3. Search hike-nh.com Search WWW Important Book! From the summit you will find terrific views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness with one of the best views of Owl’s Head, and Franconia Ridge. Then go south 2.1 very routh miles to the shelter spur path. There are spectacular 360-degree views from portions of the ridge and on Mount Lafayette, and Mount Garfield offers fantastic 180-degree vistas. This trail goes by Mount Garfield. Awesome trail! 1st chance we had to hike this season and it was perfect for dipping our feet back in. On paper, the Garfield Trail looks to be a daunting challenge: a five-mile, 3,000-foot climb in the White Mountains to the summit of 4,500-foot Mt. Garfield is extremely steep and more like climbing down a waterfall. Hikers can also choose to hike from the trailhead further east on Gale River Loop Road. No views at the top but great company made it a good hike! Mount Garfield is the odd one out of the Franconia Range. Awesome winter hike! I HAVE NO CLUE WHATS UP WITH THIS MOUNTAIN BUT IT WAS BRUTAL. Lafayette and Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire's White Mountains is the 14th highest among the four thousand foot peaks in the White Mountains. Loved this trail. The rest is simply a gorgeous walk in the woods. It lies at the top of the Frost Trail: a … Leave the Appalachian Trail (AT) for the Bondcliff Trail up Mount Bond and Bondcliff. 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