Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2011-08-26

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Friday, August 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garfield
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Lil Yeti and I originally planned for a 3 day trip over Garfield and Galehead but due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Irene, we shortened our plan to 2 days but still covering the 2 mountains.
We started up the Garfield Trail at 10:10 on an overcast morning – the weather man promised a sunny day so we are keeping our fingers crossed. The Garfield trail was pretty much a gradual uphill the whole way to the junction of the Garfield Ridge trail. Since we are carrying full packs, the gradual climb is welcome. We decided that we will first go to the Garfield Ridge Campsite and set up and then summit Garfield with a much lighter load.
We reached the campsite at 1:40 to find only the care taker there. We set up on platform 6 had a mid day snack and then headed for the summit of Garfield at around 3:30 with the plan to have supper up there and watch the sunset. The Garfield Ridge Trail is much steeper and more technical than the Garfield trail, but with lighter loads Lil Yeti and I reached the peak at 4:00. GORGEOUS! The views were spectacular, in ALL directions. With just a slight breeze we enjoyed the views and as the sun lowered the rows and rows of mountains unfolded in front of us. We visited with a couple of pairs of through-hikers and talked of the impending hurricane. Most everyone agreed that getting off the mountains before Sunday was a good idea. Around 5 o’clock Lil Yeti and I owned the top of the mountain for the rest of the day, fantastic. We fired up the stove and enjoyed our Chili Mac and Beef as the sun sank lower and lower. Around 7:30 we were treated to a spectacular sunset! What a great day it has been. We headed back to the campsite around 7:45 and while we were getting water at the spring, the caretaker came by to inform us that the White Mountain Forest is closing and everyone needs to off the mountain by 6pm Saturday! Weather reports at the time were predicting Irene to bring 6-8” of rain and 80+ MPH winds starting late Saturday night.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1006 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Started Cloudy - Clear Skies on Summit
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1006 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Garfield, Garfield Ridge Trails
    Trailhead:Gale River Loop  1180 ft / 359 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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