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: 3-6 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate

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.

Trail Conditions

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.

Driving Directions

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.


Garfield Summit

Garfield Summit


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