Summary: An old jeep path winds it way up the mountain. This means that you will spend quite a bit of time on some switch backs near the ridge. There is an AMC hut just off the AT about .2 miles from the summit trail. There are several brooks crossings, one which might be difficult in high water.
There was much deeper snow here than on Lafayette which is the next big peak over. If you do it in the winter you will need snowshoes.
Trailhead: Route 3 between Twin Mtn and Franconia Notch. Consult Map - trailhead is at five corners and is marked by a White Mountain 'Pay' box where $3.00 per day is charged. On route 3 there is no sign saying 'Garfield Trail'. This is NOT the Gale River Trail which is next door. The road in is only open in the summer so in the off season the hike is 6 miles one way, in the summer the hike is 5 miles one way.
Trail Guides for Garfield:
AMC White Mountain Guide
by Appalachian Mountain Club (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: USFS Pemigewasset Ranger Station, Plymouth, (603)536-1310
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jon Willard, who has posted 54 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Emma on 8/19/2010
beautiful, challenging, and fun!
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