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Mount Garfield Trail is a 10.1 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 10.1 mi Elevation gain 3,028 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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Steve Blum
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The trail was quite muddy up to about mile 3, but worth the spectacular view of the entire Pemi Loop and some of the Presidential Range. Don't forget the traction for a safer, more enjoyable hike above the mud.

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Elijah Garrison
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HikingGreat!Icy

Unbeatable views! Franconia Ridge, glimpse of Cannon, Owls Head, Osceolas, Hancock’s, Carrigain, the Bonds and the Twins. Snowy tops of Presidentials. Endless views North & West. Hiked 11/29. Just under 5 hours round trip. Gradual ascent, transitioning from wet& muddy to snow&icy

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Steve Blum
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Haley Jones
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow
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Jeff Gallagher
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HikingIcySnow

Trail was very muddy down low and icy up top. Micro spikes a must for the last mile. Trail was very gradual until the turn onto the Garfield Ridge Trail, then it gets a little steeper. Weather was rainy and cool. No views at the top but great company made it a good hike!

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George Gallagher
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Trail was extremely muddy, & wet. The last mile was nothing but ice. Def needed the microspikes. Weather was awful rainy & cold. But company was great & always great to get out.

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Dan Guttman
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Lots of melting ice. Bring spikes

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Micaela K
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We hiked Mt. Garfield back in mid-October and it was one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. It wasn’t too crowded like some others in the White Mountains and there were a few streams along the way. The foliage was beautiful and the view at the summit was breathtaking (lucked out and got a clear day). While this hike isn’t the most technically challenging, it is LONG, so probably not ideal for beginners. Wear a good pair of waterproof hiking boots. Our feet were sore after this one! Most of the trail is a flat, steady incline. At the very end (<.5 miles to summit) there is a more steep, rocky incline (you may need to use your hands a bit/scramble). I definitely recommend this hike but, again, it is long so pack and plan accordingly!

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Gen Mackenzie
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HikingIcy

This is a top 10 hike- great views on a clear day. Definitely bring spikes for the last .2 to the top. They would come in handy for other parts but you can sneak off to side as needed.

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C.S. Patch
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Amazing views up top and not a difficult hike up. Definitely needed micro spikes the last mile or so. Very windy and cold up top.

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Jesse Medley
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Christopher West
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Switched to micro spikes around 3.5 miles. Nice and warm down below but really windy up top. Stopped at Garfield Pond on the way down. Think I have a pic of a moose track in the snow.

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thomas patterson
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Yoho blow the man down windy on top. Only stayed a few minutes to take photos. Micro Spikes came in handy the last mile or so. Great hike up most of the 3000 feet of elevation was fairly gradual. Only our 2nd 4000 footer so a few more to go. Took us 6 hours and we were pretty knackered by the time we got back to the car. I am 68 and my wife is 64 so we better get busy on the rest

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Stretch N’ Midge Handi
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The trail was well marked and had a nice gradual incline. Trail had switchbacks which were great! The last .2 miles were a little slippery. Once you get to the summit... you’ll be glad you came. So breathtaking. Love Garfield!

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Frank Zhou
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Justin Surgent
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Awesome trail! Just over six hours total for two novice hikers. Had the peak to ourselves. A little muddy on the way down.

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Don Waldron
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First 1-2 miles, relatively flat (slight uphill), some mud after mile 3, no snow or ice (the last day of the warm November weather we've been having). The last 0.2 is steeper with some scrambles.

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Allie Cushion
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

Trails were wet and muddy from the snow melting. Needed spikes for the last half mile or so but this is by far my favorite view!

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