Mount Garfield Trail

hard 61 reviews

Mount Garfield Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,070 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

Directions from Franconia Notch State Park, NH: Travel north on I-93 to US 3 east. Travel about 5 miles to Gale River Loop Road. The trailhead is about 1 mile down the road on the right.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Well marked trail. Single blue blaze. If you are hiking in on Gale River Loop Road which you will have to do in winter, when the road forks, take the left hand path. You will cross a bridge and then trail head is about .1 miles further on the right. Trail was well packed. Started with spikes but changed to snowshoes about 1/3 of the way in as the snow was a bit soft. It is a long but very gradual trail until the last 1/4 mile. Saw about 20 others on Saturday including two with skis and one guy on a bike. You

hiking
22 days ago

Don’t let this hikes mileage discourage you, trail is easy going the whole way.

skiing
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Wouldn’t recommend this on skis. A nice tour up but a terrible ski down. Would be a perfect snowshoe and is even packed down enough for just boots . Amazing view at the top

hiking
icy
1 month ago

Awesome winter hike! Was overcast at the top but I imagine a beautiful view on a clear day. As other reviews mentioned, there’s a gate before trail which adds 1.2 miles each way. Exactly 12 miles round trip from parking lot.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

June 22, 2019: Trail is steady and manageable. The only steepness that brings exertion is the final quarter-mile. The views on a clear day are unsurpassed!!

hiking
8 months ago

The route listed by others is actually Mount Garfield Trail, not Garfield Ridge Trail. My daughter and I ascended the Greenleaf Trail over Lafayette, and the entire length of Garfield Ridge Trail. This is a very difficult hike, however the views on the ridge line are nothing short of spectacular. The backside of Mt. Garfield is extremely steep and more like climbing down a waterfall. We wound up sleeping at Garfield Shelter and Tentsite, and saved the steep descent for fresh legs, a fall here would be devastating. The hike across to Galehead and the hut is easy enough, while the descent down Gale River Trail is a wonderful hike through the forest. The Black Flies were demoralizing...bring a hood for when you stop moving for more than a minute.

Tue Sep 04 2018

Sentier rocailleux sur presque toute sa longueur, finale pas mal à pic. dommage qu'on ait aucune vue avant l'arrivée au sommet, il faut de la motivation car ce n'est pas avec les points de vue de la montée qu'on y trouve notre compte, mais la vue au sommet est incroyable. Attention à la descente, abrupte et surtout hasardeuse sur les pierres instables et parfois mouillées.

hiking
Tue Jul 31 2018

First hike of the season, sadly we didn't get any views as we were in the clouds when we got to the summit. We tucked down in the old fire tower remains but it was very cold and no clarity in sight. Cut our losses and decided to try again at a later date. Very steep hike, doesn't ever feel like it is going to stop. I'm sure once I get the views it will feel worth it.

Sun Mar 04 2018

There’re are few views to beat the one from the summit.

Thu Oct 19 2017

great hike. easy steady climb with no real steep sections until a short burst at the very end. was windy and foggy at top on the day i went but worth the climb.

Wed Oct 18 2017

Fairly easy hike, but made for a long day. Took about six hours of out and back. Great 360 degree views.

hiking
Mon Jul 31 2017

No views whatsoever on the way up but damn is it nice up top!

hiking
Tue Jun 13 2017

THIS IS NOT THE GARFIELD RIDGE TRAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hiking
Sun Jan 22 2017

Awesome trail with spectacular views, stayed at the shelter overnight. Summit in the morning. Should definitely do at least once in your life. Roads closed doing the winter so added about 1 mile to the hike, otherwise condition is very manageable for the winter.

backpacking
Wed Aug 24 2016

We hiked Mt Garfield trail to Garfield Ridge Trail then took GRT to Lafayette, traversing Mt Garfield. From Lafayette we overnighted at Greenleaf Hut and then took Bridle Path to Lafayette Campground in the AM. Day 1 was just a hair under 10 miles and Day 2 about 3 miles. We loved this hike although weather was not great. Started the day w carbo load at Sunny Day Diner in N Woodstock and the owner of our hotel in that same town offered to drive us to trailhead off NH 3 from Lafayette Campground where we left our car. She also let us store luggage and valuables in her garage so as not to have to leave them in car parked overnight. We started at 9 and arrived at Greenleaf about 5:20 with an hour for lunch on Mt Garfield. The hike to the ridge was a bit hit and humid but we made good time gaining the ridge in 2:50 and Garfield summit 10 minutes later. We enjoyed 50/60 minutes on summit with fine views of Franconia Ridge and Pemi Wilderness. We had nice outlooks to the east along Garfield Ridge over to Galehead Hut. The Presidentials were under cloud cover but a clear day would have afforded a great look at them as well. We had some cooling rain on walk to Lafayette. This was a fairly rigorous climb with several altitude gains and losses along the way. We encountered numerous through hikers and stopped to chat with a few. Was amazed to see a guy hiking 1800 miles in Chakas. We were a bit nervous about dark clouds and the potential for storms while summit ting Lafayette but after a time the rain stopped and we ascended in windy clouds. Lafayette from that direction has 3-4 false summits and it got to be kind of funny thinking we had arrived only to discover another massif emerging from the clouds. We had to rely on the cairns for trail marking and all in our group enjoyed that aspect. Climb down to Greeleaf is slow and a bit arduous at end of day. The trail was wet and that adds to challenge of course. The hut emerged from clouds about 30 minutes out and of course you see people relaxing and talking and having fun a good bit before you get there. Suffice to say we were highly satisfied to arrive. Dinner was good. The shared flask of single malt was even better. My group was in bed by 8:15 and we were rocked to sleep by an amazing mountain thunderstorm. I slept like a stone. Day 2 plans originally called for re-summit of Lafayette and a walk along Franconia Ridge to Falling Waters Trail. We bailed on that idea due to cloudy low visibility conditions and just came down Bridle Path. This was a great hike. Long tiring but doable and rewarding. For those not interested in an overnight, you could summit Lafayette and then return same day to northern part of Franconia Notch via Skookumchuck Trail. This is likely a 10 hour day but doable w a car spot.

hiking
Tue May 31 2016

Loved this hike. It's a little long and the last 1/2 mile up gets a bit strenuous, but overall, it was a fairly mild hike with an absolutely stunning peak view: a 360* view of all presidential range.

Thu Jan 14 2016

Amazing view from the summit! Easy-moderate hike the entire way. In the winter, the road to the trail head is closed, which adds an additional 2 miles each way.

hiking
Sun Oct 25 2015

This is the AT across the Northen end of Franconia notch and the Pemi Wilderness area, pretty rugged trail

hiking
Wed Jul 15 2015

Would you take this trail to the AMC Galehead Hut or the Gale River Trail? We are undecided and are planning this hike next month.

hiking
Mon Jul 06 2015

It was an easy hike most of the way. Last .2 miles are straight up. Also, no views until you get to summit. Which makes the first 4.8 miles slightly boring.

Wed Aug 20 2014

I loved this trail. I started hiking the 4000 footers and this was one of my first ones. It was difficult enough that I felt that it was worth the drive up to the Whites, but fun enough to want to keep hiking the 4000 footers! I did this with Galehead and it made for a nice day of hiking.

Sun Aug 17 2014

Moderately difficult, but beautiful!

hiking
Thu Dec 19 2013

A nice trail to get to the summit of Mt. Garfield. The trail was in very good condition and easy to follow. I good trail for your first 4000 footer.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Load More