Mount Garfield April Fools Hike

Trail Thurs - er, Tuesday, yeah, that's right Trail Tuesdays...

There may be better times to hike Mount Garfield but no more appropriate time than April Fool's Day.  This will be an after work hike with a prompt start time of 6:00 p.m. to maximize the evening light.  If you want to show up earlier than get up the trail with your bad self and we will meet you at some point.  If you show up late that's okay to provided you are familiar with the trail.

Please note that Mount Garfield is the most strenuous local (to Grand Junction) hike so if you haven't hiked it before or are not in the best of shape you may want to do a Garfield hike at a later date - more Garfield hikes will be posted.

A headlamp or light soure is REQUIRED for this trail as is water.  Trekking poles are handy if you normally use them.  I also recommend hking shoes or boots (or trail shoes) with a more aggressive tread than standard running shoes as the soil for the first 1/4 mile is very loose and the terrain initially is very steep.

 

 

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  • Mary Jo D.

    A nice 2 hr workout. I have a love/hate relationship with this summit, but love the views at the top and the feeling of accomplishment when I reach the trailhead. :) Looking for my camera plug in and hope to post a few more pix after work today.

    April 3, 2014

  • Ralph

    A good aerobic workout to the summit of Mt Garfield

    April 2, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    PRETTY AWESOME! Thanks Mike for organizing and glad we all made it down OK. Lets do this hike again!

    April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAT HIKE!! ENJOYED THE COMPANY!

    April 2, 2014

  • Donna

    Mike - thank you for posting this. It was a beautiful evening to hike Mt. Garfield. HUGE thanks to Stacie Boyles and Chuck Cooper for "sticking" with me.

    April 1, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Thanks to Donna for the check in. Everyone is safely off the trail.

    April 1, 2014

  • Mike W.

    To reiterate, this is a self paced conditioning hike. If you are running late feel free to come out and hike as little or as much of Garfield as you like. Please remember to bring a headlamp - and (unlike me last week) please make sure that you have enough juice in your batteries to get back down to the Trailhead.

    April 1, 2014

  • Ralph

    I may start earlier, more like 5:30 to get down before dark (yes I do have a headlamp just in case).

    March 31, 2014

    • Donna

      Hi Ralph. I'll start with you at 5:30. Do you want to carpool (we both live in Orchard Mesa)?

      March 31, 2014

    • Mike W.

      Ralph, I'll see you and Donna as you are making your way down.

      April 1, 2014

  • Doug Van E.

    I caught a cold over the weekend and I am in great nasal pain (I know, who cares) so I am not going after all.

    April 1, 2014

    • Mike W.

      Holy Smokes! I hope you get better soon, Doug and will see you soon.

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm heading back to the Springs a few days earlier than originally planned. I'll catch one of these hikes next time I'm out this way.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Mike W.

      We'll probably be doing about one Garfield a month, Paul. The next one will be on a Saturday.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    I will hope to start with the 5:30 group too ;-O

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Mary Jo D.

    Duke, Daisy, and I will head out there once I'm done with work. If I'm late I'll catch up. I'm sure to see some of you along the way. :)

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Wes

    Wow, looks like a popular day for a hike. There is a trail just to the East that is a little shorter with a tight squeeze to get out on a shelf overlooking the valley towards the top. I could take some folks over that way if there is interest to help break up the pack.

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Mike W.

      Sound good Wes. I imagine that we will break into different groups and I will run sweep for those that are unfamiliar with the main route. There is also a slightly longer and slightly less steep route just to the west of the main trail.

      March 27, 2014

    • Ralph

      The Gearhart mine trail (to the east) that goes to the lemon squeeze is actually longer if your destination is Mt Garfield, but not quite as steep as the main trail. The trail to west of the main trail is not any longer, but is definitely steeper in spots than the main trail.

      March 31, 2014

  • Courtney B.

    I was really looking forward to this but am sick and won't be able to make it. Sounds like a good turnout and I hope you all have a great hike!

    March 30, 2014

  • Barbara L.

    I've hiked Garf many times over the years. One year I trained assiduously on Garf and round-tripped it in
    1 & 1/2 hours. Maybe some year I'll do that again...

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Barbara L.

    I might be the slowest (someone has to be), yet I am keen and steady and will turn around with the down-hikers...

    March 16, 2014

    • Mike W.

      No worries Barbara - have you hiked Garfield before?

      March 17, 2014

  • Christine J.

    As much as i would love to go, the advice is perfect. I will wait another month or so. But. If i can get a half day off that might be a nice headstart, theres a tiny chance you might see me. Have fun everyone!

    March 14, 2014

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