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.

Length11.8 miElevation gain3,070 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
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New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism, P.O. Box 1856 , Concord, NH, 03302-1856, Phone: 603-271-2665

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.

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Pietari Sulkava
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Mark S
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Calm day on the beautiful Garfield Trail. Unfortunately, the Mountain Weather Reports called for a break in the clouds between 8-4pm, but Mother Nature decided differently! The hike is gorgeous nonetheless. The final push up the last .02 from the AT to Garfield’s summit is steep. The rest is simply a gorgeous walk in the woods. Snowshoes were needed just beyond the half-way point.

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Bruce Borofsky
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Jesse D
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Doug Franchitto
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microspikes needed. really cold at the summit wear appropriate clothing

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Kyle Sweetin
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Dave NH
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William Tucker
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Muddy on up, trail was clear and well maintained however. traction seemed wise past the ridge trail junction to summit.

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Angela Flynn
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The trail goes through a substantial birch stand. 90% of the trail is gradual save for the last ~15 min or so. The summit was a bit crowded, but there were many rock outcrops to sit on. Peak fall colors was about 1-2weeks ago, but the birch bring a pretty party. 4.5hrs with about a 30min rest at the top to enjoy the views of Lafayette and the other Whites.

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Trevor Hatch
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Long trail but very gradual and easy relatively speaking.. Out of the 15+ 4k footers I’ve done now Garfield was my favorite summit and a very easy trail 360 degree views... looking south into the Pemigewasset is majestic. It was a clear day and we could even see Washington and pretty much all the whites

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BRIAN Moore
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Sheena Reinfurt
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Loved this trail. 1st chance we had to hike this season and it was perfect for dipping our feet back in. Very gradual climb. Gorgeous views! Got to the summit just in time to see all the flags being raised on the peaks for remembrance of 9/11. It was amazing. #11 in the books excited for the next.

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stu grosvenor
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Sinead Rainville
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Great family friendly trail..watch out for the wasps.. 3 out 7 got stung

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Fawn L
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Incredibly easy trail for a 4k footer; 3000 feet of gain but over 4.8 miles. Easy peasy. 4 hrs 10 min total and an incredibly peaceful and beautiful morning on the way up!! Lots of mud but it’s the White Mountains; we have mud and rocks and roots and glorious forests!!. Incredibly well maintained and wonderfully switchbacked trail. Hugs to the trail adopters!! Huge number of people coming up, when I was going down, this morning, who have clearly never heard the term, “Social Distancing” and have no idea how to leash a dog. That was disheartening but hopefully as the global pandemic eases and we return to just having LNT educated hikers on the trails, that will improve. Though there was no trash on my way up, there was excessive toilet paper on my way down. I cleaned up after the pigs because that’s what we need to do, these days, to protect our forests. If you are reading this and you think that toilet paper is biodegradable; no, toilet paper is considered littering. Please pack out what you brought in; thank you!

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Camping Mom
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Gradual gain and amazing views!

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Brian Pomposelli
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Hiking

Easy to moderate trail for a 4000 footer, excellent views from the top!

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Lauren Nuse
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Trail washed out, pretty much hiking in a river the whole way up after the first mile. Bring extra socks you’ll need them even with the most water proof boot. Hiking poles a must especially coming down. Trail very rocky lots of switchbacks. No bugs today were a plus and views were amazing! Definitely a harder hike, about 3 1/2 hours up with a few short breaks and 2 hours down no breaks moving fast with the poles.

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Kevin M
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Found a pair of black glasses on trail 5/30. Left hanging on gate at entrance to Gale River Rd.

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Daniel Connell
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Snowshoeing

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 trailhead is about 0.1 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.

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

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Ryan Delena
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Jenny Ley
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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

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Bonnie Gadapee
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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.

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