Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2017-09-23

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:Outdoor Pursuits Fall 2017
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garfield
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 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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