Garfield Grove Trail is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from July until November.
The drive to South Fork campground was almost as rough as the hike. Haha. We went on this trail expecting only a 2.5 mile hike in, but ended up going the full 5 miles in to Garfield Creek. The elevation was brutal on me. I do not work out regularly and wasn't really expecting such a continuous climb all 5 miles. BUT, it was definitely worth it! The dramatic changes in scenery was most memorable to me. It almost feels like you've been to 5 different forests when all is said and done.
This is an awesome trail for early spring. Went all the way up to Garfield Creek and back to make it 10 miles and 3400'. The trees out here are very tall, but dont expect it to look like the Giant Forest. This is more like hunting for Sequoias in the wilderness. It takes about 4 miles to start hitting the big trees, but the hike is work it. You can see Moro Rock and the Giant Forest off to the left of the trail. If you are wondering about elevation gain, this is essentially going to the ridge across from the one that CA 198 drives up, and walking it with less switchbacks. The dirt road out to south fork is easy to navigate in a passenger car, just go slow. Take South Fork Road till it stops at the Campground, Trailhead is on the right of the road to the parking area at the Ladybug trailhead
Just went today, (5-17-2013) made it a little past Snowslide Canyon and decided to turn back as it started to drizzle a bit. Nice hike, wish we made it a bit further. A few tiny waterfalls and cool looking rock faces. Will be back to conquer.
Starting from South Fork Campground (elevation 3620 ft) it's 3 miles of steady climbing to the grove. At about 3.5 miles there a few nice camping spots (Snowslide Camp). I stopped about 5 miles in, elevation was just over 7,000 ft when I turned back. There were several small streams running and a few patches of snow around them. You'll get some great views of Mt. Denison, Homer's Nose, and some giant trees on this hike. It's definitely a worthwhile trek.