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Steve Blum reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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 reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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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HikingIcy

The weather was snowy, sleeting and rain at some point and minimal wind which made the day enjoyable. We were totally in overcast so opted not to do Zeacliffs. Spikes were needed a 1/4 mile after the hut heading up. The trail was very wet but enjoyable.

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Steve Blum reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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Haley Jones reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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Jeff Gallagher reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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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Tony Aversano reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

I did this as a point to point a couple weeks ago (started at Gale River Trail and finished with North Twin Trail). I enjoyed this route a lot. The hike up to Galehead was gradual and a nice warm up. Heading up the Twinway to South Twin was a workout but short with some awesome views of Galehead and Garfield from the trail. North Twin Spur and North Twin Trail were snowy but very doable with spikes. It was a very clear day with lots of snow on the trails. Lots of great views and really fun sections. I agree with other reviewers about bushwacking to avoid a couple of the river crossings. That was part of the reason we chose to do a point to point starting at Gale River, so those crossings would be close to the end. I would definitely do this hike again!

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Kelsey MacDonald reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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only recorded the ascent. I definitely recommend spikes for after the second water crossing. fun hike! no views. had a visit from a Grey Jay at the top. some mud in the bottom half.

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George Gallagher reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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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HikingIcy

Great hike. Conditions were kind of miserable it drizzled lightly the whole time. Regardless of that it’s a nice flat hike through marshland then two ponds. When you’re at the second pond you can hear the roar of the waterfall from across the pond. Once you’re at the falls it’s an uphill climb from there. There are two interesting river crossings after the hut that are sketchy but doable just take your time and go when water is low. Needed microspikes after the river and stream crossings. Lots of sheer ice . Once you get to Zealcliff (vie song a clear day) the incline is done and is a wooded ridge walk to viewless Zealand. Don’t worry grey jays are there to welcome you waiting for a handout. Lol. I really liked this hike dispute being no views because of socked in. It has a lot of different things: ponds, marshland, rivers, waterfalls, hut and a mountain!

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Dan Guttman reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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Lots of melting ice. Bring spikes

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Micaela K reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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 reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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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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Kate Harris reviewed Mount Hale via Hale Brook Trail
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HikingIcy

Zealand Rd was open! Hike 11/21/20 Short and sweet hike. After so many long ones, this seemed like a tease. But a good one to test out winter and get more comfortable with cold weather hiking for this newbie. Parking lot was filled at 10:20am on Sat. Parked on the road. The climb was pretty consistent all the way up (up up.) Through the woods, along a stream for the first part. No tricky stream crossings. At the last third we put on our spikes as the icy was pretty slippery and more unavoidable. As most have said, the summit offered no views, just an open space with a pile of rocks. There was a glimpse of a view right before the summit. It was a gorgeous day, so a bummer to miss out on views. But the benefit was not having wind exposure. This probably wasn’t one I’d do again, but was still a fun 2 hours and 51 minutes! Lots of dogs which made me bummed I didn’t bring mine.

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C.S. Patch reviewed Mount Garfield Trail
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HikingFloodedGreat!IcyMuddy

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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