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.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. South wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Rain after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Southeast wind 20 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Rain before 4pm, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 20 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 33. North wind 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
A chance of rain showers before 8pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of rain and snow before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
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