Mount Garfield Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain2,899ft
Trailhead Elevation1,529ft
Elevation Min/Max1528/4261ft
Elevation Start/End1529/1529ft

Mount Garfield Trail

Mount Garfield Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 1,529 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,899 feet. The Mt Garfield Trailhead (elevation 1,640 feet) parking is near the trailhead. There is also an information map. This trail connects with the following: Garfield Ridge Trail and Appalachian Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Named for one of America’s most heavily bearded and least-known presidents, Mount Garfield’s ironically bald summit is appropriately situated between more well-known peaks. The nation’s, twentieth leader, and a Civil War veteran, is most remembered for the assassination that ended his brief tenure in office (prompting the inauguration of Vermont-born Chester Arthur, the nation’s fourth New England–born president). To the contrary, Garfield’s namesake mountain is remembered more positively for its jaw-dropping views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and the Franconia Range. A pleasant and gradual excursion through quaint forest slopes, the 5-mile trail to the top is a long day hike, as well as an excellent place to begin an overnight adventure."
Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
David Goodman
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"This is a long gradual tour up Mount Garfield to one of the most scenic summits of the White Mountains. The descent of the Garfield Trail is a fun, moderate ski."

Mount Garfield Trail Trip Reports

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I love this trail. I do it twice a year (Summer & Winter)
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Started the day with the possibility of doing the whole loop (Bidle Path, Greenleaf, Franconia Ridge and Falling Waters) but wet, cloudy weather with some rain and two aging dads with their 9, 12 and 13 year old kids along made us change it to a out an back to the top of Lafayette and back via the Old Bridle Path and Greenleaf trails. Best part of the trip was the sun broke out near the summit (the Whites are famous for this) and the stop at the hut where we got to talk to the croo and look back in history to 1982 and my notes from a 9 day backpack a friend and I took from Lost River to Pinkham Notch. My kids added their own notes to the hut journal that they might one day be able to show their kids. As always, even in wet, cloudy days the Whites are wonderful hiking and my kids were in awe of how much different than they are to our mountains back home in Colorado. Hope to come back for my 55th birthday trip (well, not in February, but hopefully the same year) and do a hut to hut (last trip was tent camping except for the stay at Greenleaf due to horrible stormy weather) from Lost River to Crawford Notch.
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Better then Mount Marcy, better then Camel's hump.
Having 60 mph winds made it a really good experience, the knife edge trail made it my best hike ever!..thks again.


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Trail Information

Grafton County
Nearby City
White Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Franconia, NH; South Twin, NH
Local Maps

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