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