Mount Garfield Peak

HARD 140 reviews

Mount Garfield Peak is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,480 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

running
6 days ago

That last mile! Wow super step and super small rock for a path, like every step u take u lose 1/2 the step in skidding backwards. Good trail though except for that last mile. First 3.5 has incline for sure but fairly normal terrain.

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
over grown
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Views from Mt Garfield: 5/5 Condition of trail: 1/5 Overall rating: 3/5 Trail is very hard to follow for last 1 to 1.5 miles. Very washed out as well, fell multiple times on the designated trail and got scratched up pretty bad. Not completely safe! Needs some TLC, then it’ll be an easy 5/5 rating.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail for my 2nd time on7/18/19 & it was really easy to follow the whole way up! Cairns will take u to the saddle there is two separate paths that are carined! The one closest to the creek is clearly blocked off and follow the "Upper" trail. Plus it looks like a obvious trail to follow as well. Once you get to the saddle there is a trail on the way up & you can distinctly see it! I easily remembered it from last time and If u follow the trail correctly its will have cairns all the way until the summit! Don't forget to sign the summit register from 1979 & Makes sure to catch the views from the rock outcropping!! Amazing Hike! Easy stoner hike smoked Hella the whole way up!!

hiking
2 months ago

STAY CLOSE TO THE CREEK....For the most part this trail is great, but when you pass the old cabin and then the weird metal box thing on the right (you'll know it when you see it) the trail becomes hard to follow and it GOES UP. If you stay close to the creek, you'll have to bushwhack a bit but the false cairns and scree above make for a bad combination. Once you reach the saddle just below the summit, forget about the trail. Just walk up to the top and hope for cairns. Be sure to walk west/northwest once on top to see a great Pikes Peak view. The top. mile or so of this is tough, but the view of PP is worth it.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

The last 800 feet from the hill was very difficult and rocky but somebody left a stack of rocks showing the way up this steep elevation to the top of the mountain

hiking
off trail
scramble
3 months ago

Great hike! Hiked it 6/15. Just under 3 hours to summit. The last bit was pretty steep and I ended up just scrambling up the very last little bit. The trail gets a little faint before the saddle, but follow the cairns and you'll be good. Couldn't find a trail for the very last bit. The trail is also not closed for revegitation. They just closed the old 667 trail and rerouted 667 away from Bear Creek for the Greenback Cutthroats. Awesome views!

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

The end trail the last 800 ft elevation was pretty much not a trail..broken branches and bush. It took us total of 6 hrs to the peak and back. We stoped a few time so could have done it faster. After 7 bridges some pretty slippery gravel hills. Pretty view at the peak wish stayed longer but had to go down due to storm..

hiking
off trail
4 months ago

Hard to call this a trail. The last ascent was definitely class 2, and we lost the trail many times. Also, very loose. A lot of false cairns. The views were beautiful. The trail is 99% snow free.

hiking
rocky
snow
4 months ago

We set off around 7:30am and didn't reach the peak until just before 12. There are a few sections after Louds cabin that are hard to navigate. Then when you turn left after the last way point there is still a lot of snow on the ascent to the summit - seems like finding an actual trail up this last push would be challenging. Amazing views from the top however.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
5 months ago

Awesome hike. Top is still snowed in. Had to turn around 0.2 miles from the peak.

hiking
5 months ago

awesome trail, waist deep snow last 0.5 mile

running
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

This trail is not closed! There is a section before Loud’s Cabin where the sections to the right and left of you are closed, but continue forward and stay on the trail. I was able to update the estimated drawing with my GPS mapping I capture when I trail ran this. It is 9.7 miles. Once you get to Loud’s Cabin, you will take a thin trail to the right of it if you are looking at the Cabin. This trail will take you up substantial in elevation. It was a bit grueling and exhausting. The trail will remain thin. Follow the stacked rocks. If you can, please add to them as you pass. Follow my GPS trail if required. Once you get all the way up, you will come to a clearing and flat ground that is in between Mount Garfield and Mount Arthur. You will turn to your left and proceed off trail up toward the peak. Follow the GPS mapping. At the top, there is a trail log that dates back 30+ years in a metal tube at a pile of rocks. Also while at the top, don’t miss the Grand Overlook. Took me a few minutes to find it. It is astounding. Follow the waypoints if you can’t find it. Don’t leave with out seeing it. Sit on the edge of a cliff looking out at the forest. You can see Moraine lake, tons of peaks. Enjoy!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice Hike - nice views

hiking
Friday, September 07, 2018

We went up Seven Bridges and then traversed the gravel slope.. (Be mindful to climb to the upper trail as you make that traverse. The lower trail is still getting a lot of use and is pretty unmanageable, the upper is very nice) We then got to the aspen forest which is perhaps the best part of the hike! We climbed uphill towards the trail for Kineo, we saw the new postings on the signage. The areas around Garfield and Aurthur are closed for restoration. We headed west along the creek but turned back after seeing the closed trail signs. The rangers have done significant work laying trees and branches to keep people out of that area so we respectfully turned back. Will go after Garfield and Arthur when they open this area back up.

hiking
Friday, April 13, 2018

All in all it was a most excellent hike. The trail was solid until it broke off of 667 but was still followable even then up to the saddle between Garfield and Arthur. At that point though, it was simply a matter of finding the most convenient way uphill. Tacked Kineo onto our way back to the cars. Excellent views from all three summits.

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nice hike, definitely for more experienced hikers. A few tricky spots and as other reviewers have mentioned the trail can be hard to follow. Preload or download the trail on AllTrails to get the GPS. A few notes: -First 3.5 miles I'd categorize as a moderate difficulty. Last mile to the summit definitely ratchets up the difficulty to hard+. -Shortly after you pass 3.5 miles you'll pass a national forest boundary sign. Just beyond this the GPS is wrong as it will try to take you up rockslide/scree. Do not go up this. Stay close to the stream - climb over fallen trees if you have to. The rockslide area is really sketchy. -The last .25 mile up to the summit after the 90 degree left turn there is no trail whatsoever. Just full bush whacking. Point straight up the mountain and power on.

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