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Hike Garfield Mountain

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Garfield Mountain Information

Elevation: 4,500 feet (1,372 meters)
Prominence: What is Prominence? 820 feet (250 meters)
Location: Franconia, NH (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Range: Franconia Range
Coordinates: 44°11.23' North     71°36.65' West
Rating: How do the ratings work? Easy (only the last 0.2 miles is steep)
Features: South Branch Gale River, Peak Bagging What is Peak Bagging?, Garfield
Pond, Appalachian Trail
Distance of highlighted hike below: 10 miles

Garfield Mountain is a 4,500 foot mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire (Grafton County) in the White Mountains. It lies in the Franconia Range along with Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, Mount Flume and Mount Liberty. It is also along the edge of the Pemigewasset Wilderness.

There is a direct trail up to the summit of Garfield Mountain called the Garfield Trail. It takes 5 miles to hike to the summit.

Summit mount Garfield with gray jays winter spring
Summit of Mount Garfield April 17, 2013.

For peak-baggers:
Mount Galehead is 3.4 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain
South Twin Mountain is 3.7 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain
Mount Lafayette is 3.5 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain
Mount Lincoln is 4.4 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain
North Twin Mountain is 5.0 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain
Little Haystack Mountain is 5.1 miles from the summit of Garfield Mountain

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Garfield Mountain Trail Maps - Directions from the parking lot to the summit Top

The map below shows how to get to the summit of Garfield Mountain.

Begin at the Garfield Trail head off Gale River Loop Road. Hike up the Garfield Trail for 5 miles. You will cross over the Garfield Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail 4.8 miles up. The Garfield Pond is roughly half a mile past the Garfield Summit.

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Garfield Mountain Photos Top

Beginning of the Garfield Ridge Trail
Beginning of the Garfield Ridge Trail

Garfield Ridge Trail headed up Mount Garfield in Spring
Hiking along the Garfield Ridge Trail on April 17, 2013.

Garfield Mountain Driving Directions Top

The parking lot for this hike is located on Gale River Loop Road off Route 3 in Bethlehem, New Hampshire.

To the Gale River parking lot
Take exit 35 off I-93 onto Route 3 North towards Twin Mountain/Lancaster. Drive 4.8 miles on Route 3 then turn right onto Gale River Loop Road*. Follow the road until you see the sign for the Garfield Trail Parking Lot. (If you pass the Gale River Parking Lot, you drove too far.)

*Gale River Loop Road is closed in the Winter, so your hike will add 2.4 miles up and down that road from Route 3, making the entire hike 12.4 miles.


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