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Mount Garfield Trail is a 10.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.3 mi Elevation gain 3,024 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Please note: Gale River Road may close for the winter, adding an extra 1.2 miles each way from the winter parking area off of Route 3.

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Reviews (536)
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Jennifer Adleman
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Hiking

Took me 3 hours up with 85% humidity and 80°. Luckily not buggy. Not a difficult hike. Amazing view from summit. First few miles are pretty flat.

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Becky Hartford
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HikingMuddy

Relatively flat the first 1.5-2 miles in. The rest is moderate. The views are beautiful as you’re in the middle of Franconia ridge and can see the Pressies. It was my first 4K going solo so I wanted something not too technical. One of the easier 4K I’ve come across. It took me 3.5 hours to complete. Trails were wet, but nothing I wouldn’t expect in the whites. Great trail!

Rachel Dows
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HikingBugsMuddy

Long trek but SO worth it at the top. Absolutely beautiful views. First few miles were easy but muddy. After that, a little more moderate but still not bad, and then a final scramble to the top but still nothing technical. No views at all from the trail but the summit makes up for it! Parking note: the lot was relatively small but people parked on the road across from it as well. Got there at 7 on a weekday and there were about 5 other cars in the 7-8 car lot.

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Pete Girard
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Hiking

Incredible. What a trail. Nice and easy for 99% and then a cherry on top scramble to the top. 2 hours up, hour 45 down

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laura read
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Great family hike! When you get to the end make sure you climb all the way up on top of the rocks for the view.

Joe Mansour
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Hiking

Very nice hike with a steady climb but only really steep for the last .25 or so as you push to the summit. Views at the top are excellent and it was clear today, I only wish you got a few more views along the way but no complaints here. The last few miles down were trail run-able which isn’t so common in this area.

Mary Tamul
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Hiking

awesome. nice and dry now. took my time and took me 7hrs total, 3.5 hrs on the way up and stopping several times to soak in the beauty! magical trail.

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Amy Michael
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Hiking

long in miles, but just moderately steep until last few tenths before the summit. narrow and increasingly rocky trail through the forest. there are stream crossings after about a mile, mucked through some mud and puddles at times from previous day's rain, and came to some switchbacks further up the trail. no view points along the way, but what a reward to be found at the top!! 360° of lakes, trees, and mountain vistas. beautiful! I'm a stronger climber on the ascent rather than the descent due to arthritic knees, but felt the miles were manageable and truly worth the view. took about 2 1/2 hours to summit, spent about 45 minutes for lunch to enjoy the view. some bugs, but not terrible. total time out there was about 6 hours.

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ROGER MATTEAU
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Hiking

Very easy to moderate shady hike. Some wet and muddy areas. Spectacular 360 degree views from the top only.

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Olivia Marie
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HikingMuddy

Garfield summit has some of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen in all my years of hiking. Nice easy path up to the summit with a short steep section right before you summit. Muddy and wet trail after all the recent rain but water crossings were no problem. Definitely would recommend! Took a nice refreshing dip in a nearby river afterwards. Finished in 5 hours (including a 20 minute break at the summit.) Trailhead parking was filled up when I finished at 9:30am so definitely get there early on weekends.

Gina Feliciano
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Hiking

This was a really great day 2 hike for a short NH weekend. Treated to great views after a mellow ascent up a lovely wooded trail. Nice, gentle water features, fragrant passes and well laid out trail. Really enjoyed it. Lots of dogs and people on July 4th. Clouds parted to reveal the pemi loop and owls head. Wonderful views.

Jenna Lauber
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HikingBugsMuddy

We hiked Mt Garfield on 7/4. It was a wet and muddy mess. However, the views at the top were worth the slop. About one mile in I slipped during a river crossing and sogged up my left boot and sock. The bugs at the summit were a bit of a nuisance and I learned that black flies will bite anything...including my ears. Again, the views were amazing. Would do it again.

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Nathan Strozewski
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Hiking

First handful of miles were gradual and wooded, traversing a handful of overflowing streams. Switchbacks then led to a short period of steep scrambling until summit. Views were surreal. The Presidential Traverse, Twins/Bondcliff, and Lafeyette/Liberty/Flume were all easily visible from the south face. Descent felt longer than the ascent and was fairly boring because of the fee changes of scenery. Because of this, this is a great trail to do with friends instead of solo. Trail conditions were wet and slippery but overall safe. This is an easier hike and good for anyone looking to start the 48 4Ks. Highly recommended.

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Meg Cameron
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

Not a very difficult hike, just long. The water crossings weren’t bad, especially with poles on hand, though huge parts of the trail were soaked with running water. Three hours up, 2.5 hours down.

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Handy Andy
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Dont let the 10 miles scares you. Fairly "easy" hike with plenty of "flat" hiking surface. More rocky towards the end. Most of the hike is in the woods. You get the view on the top and it's worth the hike. The hike is great for beginners that getting into 4000 peaks in Whites. The weather in mountains is unpredictable. Always carry warm clothes and rain jacket even if its 80 at the base. I also have spare clothing items in a car. I saw plenty if unprepared hikers with nothing but a bottle of water

Carl York
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Hiking

Easy in a ‘no technical aspect’ kind of way. Pushing my personal limit for distance and it’s still more than 3k in elevation gain so its not easy per se. Lots of small loose rocks on the way down aren’t great for your ankles. Good to excellent panoramic views from the top but they’re the only views. More traffic than we we’re expecting. Warm hike till the summit. Aspect? Little moving air. Trail mostly dry. Little to no running water or mud Bugs were heavy but not quite fierce.

Katherine Cook
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HikingBugsGreat!

Super nice hike. Took about 3 hours up (Garfield Trail NOT Garfield Ridge Trail) and 2 hours down. One of the easier big mountain hikes I have down but not too easy - just perfect. A little buggy not too bad. One thing that confused me is so many reviews say the .2 mile from the camp is the last leg of the hike, but if you go up the Garfield Trail when you get to the top there will be a .2 mile sign to the camp - that is NOT to the peak, if you just keep walking to the right of the sign that is the peak! Beautiful 360 views at top

Bill Teschek
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HikingGreat!

Mt. Garfield was glorious today. Weather couldn't have been better. Temps were comfortable, and even cool at the summit. Stiff breeze up there kept the bugs away entirely. This is a long-ish hike but not at all difficult and you're rewarded with magnificent views in every direction from the top.

Evan Griffin
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Hiking

I recommend this trail to people who want to get into hiking. It was my first 4,000footer and gave me a good idea of what I was getting into

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Michelle Diana
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HikingBugs

Beautiful views but the bugs are ferocious at the summit. The trail is well maintained and marked well.

Jose Delgado
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HikingBugs
Tim Babcock
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HikingBugs

If you are on the fence about doing this trail let me encourage you to do it. The views at the summit are amazing. For a moderate trail it gives you a good workout. From the 1/2 way point on its a steady climb upward. The last 0.2 has some rock climbing to get to the summit. the bugs on the trail weren't bad but at the summit they were a nuisance.

Becky P.
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HikingBugsRocky

Great moderate trail except the last 0.2, very steep and rocky but the the reward is worth it. It took me 5.5 hours round trip. Bring plenty water and bug spray

Joseph Shneyderman
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HikingBugsRocky

Amazing

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