Mount Garfield is a 10 mile round trip hike with incredible 360 degree views. 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.
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Height: 4,501 feet
Length: 10 miles round trip
Duration: 4-9 hours (Book time 8 hours)
Elevation Gain: 2,959
Mount Garfield Trail
The trail starts near the middle of Gale River Loop Road. The gradual incline continues for around 4.8 miles before the last .2 miles brings you to the summit. The foundation of an old fire tower lies at the top. Clear views into the heart of the Pemi Wilderness with clear views of the Franconia Range, Owl’s Head, North and South Twin, and the Bonds.
Hikers can also choose to summit Mount Garfield from Mount Lafayette on Franconia Ridge. This path is absolutely stunning but far more strenuous. You can take a look at the maps in our Lafayette or Franconia Ridge post (linked to in this paragraph).
Hikers can also choose to hike from the trailhead further east on Gale River Loop Road. This is the quickest trail to hike Galehead Mountain, but it can be a detour to Mount Garfield as well. Adding in Galehead is a good way to knock of two 4,000 footers on a long day hike.
The trail is often dry, well maintained and well traveled. No issues with any type of footwear. The gradual incline nearly the whole way makes the conditions in Winter, Summer, Fall or Spring all manageable.
Nearby hikes. Mount Garfield is most often hiked alone, but it is part of the Pemi loop, and is connected the Franconia Ridge and Galehead Mountain.
Take 93 North through Franconia Notch, hop on to Route 3 towards Twin Mountain and take a right onto Gale River Loop Road. You will pass numerous campsites before coming to the parking area.
A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
A chance of rain showers between 9am and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Rain showers likely before 8am, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
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