ElevationAscent: 2,690' 820 m
Descent: -12' -4 m
High: 4,256' 1,297 m
Low: 1,578' 481 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“This trail offers everything for families and beginners alike.”— Joshua Glover
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.
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.
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