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Mt Garfield Conditioning Hike-Self Paced (before the Mt. Sherman season opener)

You've probably been saying to yourself, "Gee, I wish that I had a little more Garfield in my life"  Therefore:

WHAT:

2,000 vertical feet in 2 miles, following the traditional trail. The other two routes vary a little as Gearhart is said to be slightly easier.

Stroll it, run it, trudge up the trail .... everyone has their own style when it comes to hiking this local peak. I know people who go up the 2nd ridge over to the left of the main trail, rather than the more often used trail. Others may want to take the round-about route that takes off to the right (Gearhart Mine Trail) from the parking lot. Obviously, there is also the main route as well. Pick your route and let's go!

This is a self paced hike. Many attendees will push the pace in order to prepare for future events (i.e. 14'ers).  You can show up early or late but don't expect anyone to assist you with the route or a group type "Tabeguache Stroll."

West Ridge: steeper climb, but no rock ledges/stairs.

Main Trail: steep in parts with plateaus and many rock ledges.

Gearhart Mine Trail: Detours eastward then winds back to the peak, passing near antique mining equipment at the top

WHEN/ WHERE:

Meet at 9am in the Mt. Garfield parking lot. It can be tricky to get to, but take a look at the map and give me a call if you would like. It's a great hike so please don't get scared away if you don't know how to get there.

Plan to be out 2.5-4 hours depending on your route selected and your personal pace. Lately, we've been throwing weight in our packs "just for fun," so if you want to get even more of a muscular or aerobic workout. The Palisade Brewery opens at 11am Sunday, and some may choose to grab lunch down there.

These are the directions I use: From Grand Junction take I-70 East to Palisade Exit #42, and turn right on Elberta Ave (37 3/10 Rd). Immediately after crossing an irrigation canal, take the first road to the right (G 7/10 Rd). The road will make a sharp right turn after 1.5 miles so follow it and drive through the small tunnel (I-70 underpass) to the trailhead. Welcome!

BRING:

  • Solid shoes or light hiking boots
  • Trekking poles (recommended for both the up and down, especially if your joints give you trouble)
  • Dress in layers because this hike will warm you up
  • Wind shell, hats for warm & cool, light &/or medium weight gloves
  • Water & snacks. Maybe even lunch if you'd like to eat on the way down and watch the horses

Contact:

Mike White -[masked]

Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I spend hours researching hikes and rely on various sources, but I can't vouch for their accuracy. I am not a professional guide, you are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear you require.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Pretty good. I just wish I didn't have the HAPE.

    April 30, 2013

  • daniel lee w.

    Hiked from down town Palisade to TH, this group was a fun one!Went different routes, saw parrots,lizards,and horse's.

    April 30, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    How was my day? Magnificent! I went up Mt Garfield with fun people in great weather, and I feel great! I've done it several times this spring, among other strenuous activities. I'm glad to say today was my most successful Garfield trip, largely due to the lack of tired muscles; I'm gaining strength! We went to the brewery afterward for a good time after wine upon returning to the trucks. It was beautiful day, and everyone did a great job!

    April 28, 2013

    • Andrew K.

      Thanks, Suzy! You do too, because you did great for your first trip up!

      April 29, 2013

    • Suzy N.

      Thank you! I was so happy I finally got the chance to do it. Oo-rah!

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great !
    Lizards, Horses, Maccah's, and really good fun people

    April 29, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    Wow, that was a real lizard? He was so big and colorful!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even though I feel like crap it was still a great day! thanks for having me.

    April 28, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    What a fun day!!! After 3 years in CO, I finally got to hike Garfield! That trail's a calf-buster at the start. WOW. What a great group of people today. I met some new folks, including Stascia (don't know if I spelled that right!) who will be one of our newest members, another awesome Montrosian - and a few others I really enjoyed hiking with, however brief! That Lorraine's a ma-CHINE! Fantastic views along the way and up at the top. There was a nice mix of terrain, with just a little scrambling, which was great. The "car tasting" of the white wines at the trailhead was fun, as well as the brews and BBQ at the Brewery. Thanks for hosting another fun event, Mike!

    April 28, 2013

  • Mike W.

    I can describe the Garfield hike in one word: A-W-E-S-O-M-E. I can also describe the Garfield hike with a bunch of additional words so here goes: The trail was dry, the weather was great (a little hot on the descent), everyone was super-cool and showed up on time. We split into different ability groups with Daniel, Andy, and Lorraine leadining the pack. With Lorraine all you see is the movement of trekking poles and and a cloud of dust as she moves at warp speed up the trail. The rest of of us followed behind in groups of two or three. It looks like everyone got the hike they wanted at the pace they wanted. Special thanks to Lon for running sweep (and for just being Lon) and to Suzy, one of two Montrosians that ventured out of the San Juan hinterlands to hike, provide comic relief and some much appreciated wine at the trailhead after the hike. After the hike we went to the Palisade Brewery for Lunch and Beer. Thanks to all that came out, you guys are, uh, AWESOME.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might do this. Can pets come?

    April 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mine is a runt ad she is about 135 lbs. I would love for you to inquire for me. I have looked high an low on the internet and locally. My google-fu is either weak or they are just not listed.

      April 27, 2013

    • Suzy N.

      I left my friend a message. Hopefully hear from her by tomorrow. Don't know if there are any more pups left in this litter, but if they'll have more in the future... I will try to get their number so you can call and find out more! See you in the morning!

      April 27, 2013

  • Suzy N.

    You know what, I DO need some Garfield in my life! Been Jonesing for it for sometime now. See you there!

    3 · April 14, 2013

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