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MT GARFIELD

WE WILL BE HIKING MT GARFIELD VIA THE MT GARFIELD TRAIL.

THIS IS AN ADVANCED HIKE, PLEASE KNOW YOUR ABILITIELS

TOTAL MILEAGE IS 10.6 MILES

TIME IS APPROXIMATELY 6 hr 37 min

ALL ATTENDEES MUST READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE WAIVER AND LIABILITY STATEMENT AS OUTLINED ON THIS WEBPAGE.

HIKE DESCRIPTION IS AS FOLLOWS:

starting at Garfield Trailhead 44° 13' 44" 71° 37' 59"


The trail runs from the Gale River Loop Rd. (FR 92) to the


Garfield Ridge Trail 0.2 mi. east of the summit of Mt. Garfield. The


trailhead is reached by leaving US 3 at a small picnic area 0.3 mi.


south of its intersection with Trudeau Rd.; this intersection, often


called Five Corners, has signs for Trudeau Rd. and for the


Ammonoosuc District Ranger Station (which will be closed at


some future date). Avoiding a right fork, follow the Gale River


Loop Rd. south for 1.2 mi., then swing left and cross a bridge to a


parking lot on the right. (The trailhead for the Gale River Trail can


be found 1.6 mi. further along this same road.)


4.80 mi 3 hr 49 min +2738 ft on Garfield Trail


4.80 mi 3 hr 49 min +2738 ft This trail runs from the Gale River Loop Rd. (FR 92) to the


Garfield Ridge Trail east of the summit of Mt. Garfield, which is


bare rock with magnificent views. Most of the way the trail follows


an old road used for access to the former fire tower, and its


grades are easy to moderate all the way to Garfield except for the


short steep pitch on the Garfield Ridge Trail just below the


summit. This trail lies within the watershed of a municipal water


supply, and hikers and campers should take care not to pollute


any of the streams in this watershed.


The trail begins at the parking lot, climbing an embankment and


following the top of the north bank of the South Branch of the Gale


River through fine woods with many large hemlocks. It then


descends and swings to the right toward the river, meets the old


fire tower access road, and turns left on it. The trail now climbs


slowly away from the river heading generally south. The Garfield


Trail then recrosses Spruce Brook. The trail then crosses a ridge


(once completely burned over and known as Burnt Knoll) and


descends slightly. There is a fine birch forest in this vicinity that


has grown up in the old burned area, particularly below the trail;


above the trail, the growth is mostly coniferous, indicating that the


trail may follow the approximate upper boundary of the old burn.


Soon the trail resumes its moderate ascent by several sweeping


switchbacks in the mostly coniferous woods above the old burned


area, and reaches a blowdown patch. Here it turns sharp left and


climbs easily through an area of large conifers and then around


the east side of the cone of Mt. Garfield to a junction with the


Garfield Ridge Trail, which enters from the left, ascending from


Garfield Ridge Campsite. The summit of Garfield is reached by


turning right and following the steep, rocky section of the Garfield


Ridge Trail to its high point, then scrambling over the ledges on


the left for another 60 yd. to the foundation of the old fire tower.


to the junction of Garfield Ridge Trail 44° 11' 20" 71° 36' 36"


entering alpine zone


0.20 mi 12 min +203 ft on Garfield Ridge Trail


5.00 mi 4 hr 1 min +2940 ft This trail runs from the junction with the Franconia Ridge and


Greenleaf trails just north of the summit of Mt. Lafayette to the


Twinway near Galehead Hut, traversing the high ridge that joins


the Franconia Range to South Twin Mountain and passing near


the summit of Mt. Garfield on the way. The footway is rough, and


there are numerous minor gains and losses of elevation, so the


trail is more difficult than one might gather from a glance at the


map. Extra time should be allowed, particularly by those carrying


heavy packs.


Garfield Ridge Trail continues climbing steeply to its high point on


Mt. Garfield; the bare summit and its old fire tower foundation,


with magnificent views, is 60 yd. left (south) over open ledges.


to the junction of Mt Garfield spur 44° 11' 15" 71° 36' 40"


leaving alpine zone


0.03 mi 2 min +21 ft on Mt Garfield spur


5.03 mi 4 hr 3 min +2961 ft


to Mt Garfield 44° 11' 14" 71° 36' 39"


0.03 mi 1 min -21 ft on Mt Garfield spur


5.06 mi 4 hr 4 min +2940 ft


to the junction of Garfield Ridge Trail 44° 11' 15" 71° 36' 40"


entering alpine zone


0.20 mi 6 min -203 ft on Garfield Ridge Trail


2


Distance Time Elev


Change


Trail / Waypoint Latitude Longitude


5.26 mi 4 hr 10 min +2738 ft The trail then descends steeply, bearing right at the junction


where Garfield Trail enters on the left from US 3.


to the junction of Garfield Trail 44° 11' 20" 71° 36' 36"


leaving alpine zone


4.80 mi 2 hr 27 min -2738 ft on Garfield Trail


10.06 mi 6 hr 37 min 0 ft The Garfield Trail leaves the Garfield Ridge Trail and descends


around the east side of the cone of Mt. Garfield. It descends


easily through an areal of large conifers, reaches a blowdown


patch above the old burned area. It descends through conifers by


several sweeping switchbacks. There is a fine birch forest in this


vicinity that has grown up in the old burned area, particularly


below the trail; above the trail, the growth is mostly coniferous,


indicating that the trail may follow the approximate upper


boundary of the old burn. The trail ascends slightly then crosses a


ridge (once completely burned over and known as Burnt Knoll)


and descends slightly. The Garfield Trail then crosses Spruce


Brook. It crosses Thompson and Spruce brooks and a


snowmobile trail (which has bridges across the two brooks that


flow close by on either side of the main trail in this area,


potentially useful for avoiding some of these brook crossings in


high-water conditions). The trail descends slowly on a northbound


heading. The trail leaves the old fire tower access road and


ascends, swinging left toward the South Branch of the Gale River.


It follows the top of the north bank of the river through fine woods


with many large hemlocks. It descends an embankment and


terminates at the parking lot.


to Garfield Trailhead 44° 13' 44" 71° 37' 59"


The trail runs from the Gale River Loop Rd. (FR 92) to the


Garfield Ridge Trail 0.2 mi. east of the summit of Mt. Garfield. The


trailhead is reached by leaving US 3 at a small picnic area 0.3 mi.


south of its intersection with Trudeau Rd.; this intersection, often


called Five Corners, has signs for Trudeau Rd. and for the


Ammonoosuc District Ranger Station (which will be closed at


some future date). Avoiding a right fork, follow the Gale River


Loop Rd. south for 1.2 mi., then swing left and cross a bridge to a


parking lot on the right. (The trailhead for the Gale River Trail can


be found 1.6 mi. further along this same road.)


10.06 mi 6 hr 37 min 0 ft Totals

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  • Carolyn W.

    Hi Paul & Dianne,

    I tried to call, but got a strange vm message. I emailed earlier to say that I might join, but I can't make it and hope you see this, so you won't wait around. Enjoy! Garfield is a great climb:)

    October 6, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hi- Is there anyone who can offer a ride up from the Boston area? I'm coming from the North End and my friend Jayne (also signed up) is in Brookline but we can meet anywhere. While I know I can do the hike itself, I'm concerned about my ability to drive 3 hours back after a hike like that. I'm more than happy to offer gas money!

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yay!!

      October 5, 2013

    • Nicole

      I'm so sorry something came up that I can't make it but Melissa- thank you for offering a ride and I hope you all have a great time tomorrow!

      October 5, 2013

  • Bo

    Hi. Thank you Dianne and Paul. I don't see how to move off waiting list, and I need to plan for Sunday, so I am making a different plan. Please take me off waiting list. Thanks and happy Garfielding.

    October 5, 2013

  • mm

    I would like to signup in the waiting list.
    I will be driving and willing to take ppl from the cambridge/somerville area (InnMan sq. or Union sq.).
    13 attending. 13 is Unlucky number :))

    September 30, 2013

    • mm

      opting out from waiting list due to possible showers. have a gd time.

      October 3, 2013

  • Jim

    Sorry to miss it. Hope this opens a spot for someone else.

    October 2, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    Someone on Google Maps made an incorrect location. Not sure there is a way to rename it though I believe a moved the Pin to the correct location if you look at the map. This is a straight shot up Rte 93 just as you pass Cannon Mtn turn onto Rte 3 then it's about 2 miles before you turn right onto the dirt road. Excellent mountain to climb as I've posted before.

    October 2, 2013

  • Melissa

    Above it says Grafton CTY in MA, but is this place actually in Bethlehem, NH?

    October 2, 2013

    • Melissa

      Yikes-I think I figured things out on my own. This may change things for us, but I want to think about it.

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I misunderstood the driving and I think that I will bow out since we are not definite about it. Hope everyone has a great time.

    October 2, 2013

  • Vijay

    Where is the trail? The coordinates take meto Kazakhstan

    2 · September 20, 2013

    • Bo

      Yes, that is a long way to Garfield peak. Therefore the warning This is an advanced hike. Know your abilities! ;)

      September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in carpooling from the brookline area if anyone is, please let me know! Thank you Jayne

    September 22, 2013

  • John (LAG) L.

    This has to be one of easiest 10 mile round trip for a 4000 footer to summit. The incline hardly changes and the view from the summit is awesome. You can see at least 13 other 4000 footers. Enjoy!!

    1 · September 16, 2013

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