Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife
The access road to the trailhead is closed during the winter.
Need to Know
Although this trail is relatively easy compared to other 4000fters in the area, this hike is still poses a challenge with its length. Making it to the summit of Mt. Garfield is 10 miles round trip and can take 6-7 hours to complete. Those unfamiliar with hiking for longer distances should adequately prepare themselves with enough snacks/water for the hike.
Summit conditions can be unpredictable in the White Mountains especially when hiking above tree line where temperature differences can be significantly colder/windier from the parking lot conditions even on a "clear" day. Pack accordingly.
You should be prepared for some tight turns in the last 2 miles.
Those who are newer to hiking in the area and would like to start tackling some longer hikes this is a great trail to check out. Although still quite long (4.8 miles one way) the trail is a very light and easy grade, with a bit more strenuous hiking towards the end. Garfield Trail has two very minor stream crossings in the first mile that never pose a threat or danger.
Taking a right at the top for another .2 miles will bring you to the summit of Mt. Garfield which on a clear day gives sweeping views of Franconia Ridge and the Pemi Wilderness. You can even spot Mt. Washington in the distance if you're lucky! Additionally the foundation of an old fire watch tower remains at the top which on a windy day provides a nice wind breaker on the otherwise exposed summit.
This trail is great year-round, but be careful not to take Garfield Ridge
by mistake when heading down. The ridge is more intense and much more dangerous in the winter.
Flora & Fauna
Chipmunks and birds are about all you'll find here.
Shared By: Joshua Glover