DISTANCE
24.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,648 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

1 month ago

This was an amazing trail that offers spectacular views from every peak. We did this in 4 days and 3 nights. Starting at Bondcliff made for an 11 mile first day, but was manageable with the gradual incline from Lincoln Woods. We added on the West Bond and Galehead summits to this trip as well. The dip between Garfield and Lafayette is long and difficult. The ridge is has views that are breath taking, but watch your footing with the wind that happens. The ridge seems to go forever and your thankful when you have tree cover again.
Currently between Haystack and Liberty there are 100+ trees down, slowing the pace and making the trail more interesting.
Overall, it is a difficult hike but worth every sore muscle in the end.