Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2017-09-23
|Others in Party:||Outdoor Pursuits Fall 2017|
|Date:||Saturday, September 23, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4480 ft / 1365 m|
Ascent Trip ReportEntered 3/17/2018. This day hike was done with Outdoor Pursuits Fall 2017.
We parked our car at the Garfield Trail head along the Gale River Loop Road. We hiked up the Garfield Trail for almost five miles. Most of the hike was at a mild incline but all of a sudden the trail got steep near the end. The 360 degree view at the top was excellent. It gave us a sweeping view of the Pemigewasset Wilderness including Franconia Ridge (which we would hike as a group later that season), Owl's Head, North and South Twin, and the Bonds. The summit had remains of an old fire tower/structure. Only the very top of the mountain was above treeline. We took the same route down. The hike was fun but I found the flatter sections near the start/end to be a bit of a drag. The views were WELL worth the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route:||Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail|
| Trailhead:||Garfield Trail, Gale River Loop Road -9999 ft / -3047 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Clear with dotted cloud cover
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