Mount Garfield

Grand Junction, Colorado 81506

Mount Garfield

Mount Garfield Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the main geographical features of the Grand Valley, the Bookcliffs rise sharply to form a strikingly scenic wall that stretches deep into Utah.

In the Grand Junction area, the Bookcliffs top out at a height of 6,765 feet in Mount Garfield. The short but challenging Mount Garfield Trail climbs to the top of Mount Garfield from a trailhead just west of the town of Palisade."

Mount Garfield Trip Reports

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1/14/2012
Tough trail but super rewarding. Going down is harder than going up!
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6/25/2011
Come prepared. Start early. Great views...............
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5/17/2009
Scariest hike I've done so far. Beginning of the trail is very narrow with a steep dropoff on either side. About 3/4 of the way through the trail is again very narrow on a very steep slope. Couple of times I was questioning my sanity for going on this trail. But the views at the top (and along the way) were definitely worth it! Would not recommend this hike to anyone who is even mildly nervous about heights, small children, or anyone not in somewhat good physical condition. Didn't see any wild horses, but would consider doing it again just for that possibility.
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7/21/2008
It's been about 4 years since I tried doing Mount Garfield and I have to say is that it scared the crap out of me. It's a lot tougher than it looks and I have to admit I only made it about half way up and had to slide down on my rear. For those of you in really good shape, go for it, the view is beautiful and I'm sure even more amazing from the top. I don't recommend taking kids up here, unless they are pretty experienced. The sides are really steep and it's a drop off both ways. I don't know that I've ever been more scare in my life. :)
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11/23/2007
My husband and I did this trail in November--one of the few times of year when it's not squeltering. It is not for the mildly faint of heart as it rises very quickly along a narrow ridge and then ascends quite far above the valley floor below. My husband insisted that the drop off as we approached the final ascent was not that bad. I, on the other hand, did not share that sentiment. To me, the slanted trail that leans toward the scree-covered steep mountainside seemed uninviting. Drop-offs are considerable, and any amount of moisture could lead to insecure footing. It felt like a great accomplishment to reach the summit, and the views of the Grand Valley are amazing if there is little haze. I certainly would not recommend going up there if it is snowy.
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6/5/2007
This was really strenuous on the way up, pretty vertical on the way up, and if you come back the Old mine trail, you are out on a pretty high cliff face! With very little path to walk on-I thought I had gotten lost on a billy goat trail until I saw the stacked rocks. Thank God for them! It is beautiful- a great morning hike.
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10/1/2006
Very good early fall hike. Took us about 3 Hours and 45 Minutes with lots of picture taking and maybe a half an hour enjoying the views at the summit. We spent a little while at the shelf watching and photographing a herd of wild horses on the way down. I may do this one again on a dry winter day. I highly recommend this hike to anyone who can do it.
Tom Ice
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3/17/2004
You won this round, Mt. Garfield, but it won't happen again. This hike is tough for the aerobically challenged, but easy to get to. The views get better and better all the way up.
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Trail Information

Grand Junction
Nearby City
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Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,765 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts
USGS Clifton, Round Mountain
Local Maps

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