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2 days ago

Start early!! We started the trail at about 930 but it was already super hot. Other than that it was a beautiful trail, lots of little places for shade and lots of cute little lizards.

hiking
19 days ago

We weren't as enthusiastic about this hike as some of the other reviewers, but it was enjoyable. If you have time on the north rim and want to see the canyon from another vantage point, certainly bust this hike out. But, knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have disappointed if we wouldn't have had time for it. It was short and pretty easy, so I'll give it that. If you've done the pull-out view points and want more, this would be the next option.

hiking
19 days ago

Really did not care for this trail at all. It's about 90% hiking through the scraggly bush you see throughout the hills, which is fine, but the 'views' at the far end of the loop into the canyon were really nothing different or better than what you can see from the pull outs on the road. I would say there is no reason to do this hike, unless you just want to hike. We love hiking, and are used to doing 10+ mile hikes with elevation, but this just really didn't offer any reason to recommend it.

Nice family hike. I would recommend starting early there is not a lot of shade.

Really nice hike with great views and gets you up close to the amazing pinnacles. Couple of benches along the way, if you're so inclined.

I hiked this trail yesterday.. it was awesome. The water looks so pristine. The hike down is as to be expected, easy. The hike back up is a challenge for an inexperienced hiker or for someone not acclimated to the altitude. All in all definitely worth the effort. 10/10 would do it again. 6 miles in total

My husband and I did this trail in mid July. Other than being quite hot and not much shade, we enjoyed it. Tip: take a right when the trail comes to a dead end (about 0.8 mile in), and then about 1.5 mile in take the fork that goes right down into the forest. It will spit you out at an overlook where you are looking down into the canyon! Great views. Bring lots of water and sunscreen!

Great view and easy hike!

Awesome trail and vistas!! The last 100 yards or so... a real bummer, rocky and steep.

Beautiful trail! Gorgeous views of the black canyon. A little uneven but nice and short and easy, appropriate for almost anyone. One of my favorite hikes. We did it about 1.5 hours before dusk and were the only people on the trail. It was great. Our dog was also a big fan.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail. Great to start early. Driving to the trail head does require a higher clearance vehicle and 4x4 wouldn't hurt. Bear country for sure but I didn't see any today. Great trail for dogs, even in the heat of the day.

My smart phone & smart watch stated 3.8 miles round trip in almost exactly 4 hours (4h, 37 total with breaks). I made it ALMOST to the top. Had to stop just after getting into the “rocks only” section due to my heavier hiking boots. I should of dropped my pack and it probably would have been fine. If I do it again, I’ll do that or bring lighter, more deft shoes for that small section.

Quite difficult but amazing trail. Road to trailhead can be bumpy and a little treacherous but we made due with a 2WD vehicle. Some definite rock scrambling, but the views were breathtaking.

it is a challenging hike indeed. read lots of reviews here and therefore thought we were prepared, but it still suprised us! gotta say it is hard both in terms of legs&butt workout and heart and breathing excercise. but it is so so so worth it! not really a long hike, even if you go slow, changing sceneries, and absolutely mindblowing viewas of the valley.

we started 17.30 from palisade 42 trailhead, it took us 1.5 hours to go up, 55 minutes to go down. after we were done i felt like there was something we could do better to make it an even more pleasurable experience and i really wanted to share it:

- in the beginning go REALLY slow. if you think you're already going slow - still, go slower. Because the first part is for sure the most challenging and exhausting, and it takes a lot of energy away from you. we saw very fit and young guys turning around and going back down on that first steep part - just cause they took too fast a pace. doing it cartoonishly slow will give you a chance to really enjoy the hike and restore your energy quickly after that first part - and i promise the further it goes the easier it gets.)

- there IS an no climbing option. just before the very top, where the rocky surface begins and you face the wall up, the trail splits in several branches - they all lead up. if you dont feel comfortable climbing, just find one that doesnt require it)

- dont be as scared to lose the trail as we were because of comments here, they all end up in the same place if you keep your eyes on your final destination and dont turn to the obviously opposite directions.

- dont worry about going down and try to enjoy it - it is not as hard at all, except for sliding a lot - just be ready and wear good shoes.

- find a way to secure your hat (you NEED A HAT) - it is VERY windy on the trail. especially the top part is like walking under the plane engine.

- dont do it on sunday. we very randomly chose saturday and were so happy. cause it literally took us the whole sunday laying on the couch to rest after that hike

- look out for snakes when youre grabbing :)



primarily we wanted to go early morning cause of the heat and we were worried about going down in the evening, since so many people here said its easy to lose the trail - but accidentally ended up doing it evening and i think it is better to do it that way because it gives you a chance to have all of your way down in shade of the mountain, which changes the sensations a lot.)

hiking
2 months ago

It is a challenging hike, up very steep paths in the desert. Start early, and bring lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is a little overgrown in places, footing a little treacherous in a couple of places and not well marked in one place, but offers great views of the mountains, creek and some old mining equipment. Didn’t hike the whole trail, just in about 1.3 miles and then back out.

hiking
2 months ago

I agreed to do this hike with my wife, who conditions daily; I don’t. This is not a trail to do on a whim without conditioning or at least being in shape. I did it, but not without a lot of stops for air and rest. Be prepared to go early in the morning with water and bug spray. It’s amazing to see how high we climbed. WEAR GOOD KNOBBY HIKING BOOTS...the decent down can be tricky without good traction in the shifty soil and loose rock.
Take your time and enjoy the view of the beautiful Grand Valley!!!!

on Mount Garfield

hiking
2 months ago

This trail really offers some incredible views and is a great workout. But it’s a tough hike! The elevation gain is one thing, but this hike has some technically challenging points, and honestly as someone who isn’t afraid of heights... it had me holding my breath at certain points. Bring lots of water and sunscreen, make sure you have good supportive hiking boots. I’m on the fence about trekking poles, at some points it was so steep having my hands free was more helpful. Overall it was beautiful and I’m so glad I did it, but be wary if you haven’t worked your way up to it, come prepared, or have a fear of heights!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice to walk along the river after looking at it from the top of the North Rim yesterday

hiking
2 months ago

Took the left fork of the trail just under the the 1.3 miles make which lead to the top the mountain but not the view point that I really wanted to see. Should have taken the right fork but didn't find that our until I met another hiker on the way back. Nice views just not the one that I thought.

on Mount Garfield

hiking
2 months ago

I have wanted to do this hike for a couple of years now. I made it to the top and back down. The trail could use more markings to make it easier to follow. I have a fear of heights so coming back down the fin was the most trying and terrifying of the whole trip. it took us 6 hours to go up and back. I could have used more water. 5 liters was not enough.
A great hike, glad it did it but will not do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

Wow what a view. My favorite view because you can look up canyon. Don't pass this one up

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve been looking forward to the hike for a year and waiting to improve my skills to do it. Even after many other hard local hikes, this tops the cake. Reasons for frustration: the trail is terribly marked. I was off trail a few times. The steepness. Most of the time, I don’t mind going up forever if I can easily come back down, but for Mt. Garfield, it was probably harder coming down. Not only is it steep, but the dirt and rock is so loose that you slide and fall a lot. With that, have good shoes, get there EARLY, bring more water than you think you need, and bring a friend. Beautiful, gorgeous views. I’m proud I’ve done it, but never again!

hiking
2 months ago

Good view. My dog and I enjoyed it. Quite a few people were there fishing.

Beautiful. Easy out and back trail. The end of the trail offer great view. No sheds though. Went out there this morning (around 6.30am on May20, 2018) so it felt nice when the sun was out. I could see it being super hot in mid-summer days.
there were some muddy spots in the beginning but they dried out pretty quickly.

Stunning hike with fantastic views but man is
It steep! That was a little nerve racking! Glad I made it all the way up and back without falling!

on Mount Garfield

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is beautiful, and I recommend it for the views and challenge. Preparation: Set aside at least 2.5 hrs if you’re not in good shape, have water, and apply sunscreen. This will take longer than you might expect due to the steep slope and care you’ll need to take with your footing during the first mile particularly.

Near the top (1.4 miles up), I couldn’t figure out where the main trail goes. There may be simpler route, but the path seemed to take me to a small cave (10 ft deep) that had an opening at the top, which was just large enough to squeeze up out of. Coordinates of the cave: 39.1267938,-108.4047540.

Well not well marked but was a excellent hike with some awesome views

I’ve done this hike twice, once with my 12 year old son. Both times it was amazing. Definitely difficult going up the first part, super steep and strenuous. The second time doing this hike I paced myself with a very slow speed and was able to do the first half without having to stop once. The first time I tried going faster and would burn out fast and have to stop to rest. This hike is so worth it when you reach the top so don’t give up. And yes coming back down is harder than it seems with the loose dirt it’s easy to slip.

3 months ago

It was so worth it!

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