Sunday, July 7, 2019
Trailhead: Gale River Loop Rd
Elevation gain: 3037′
Accompanied by: Little Engine
After packing up this morning, we leave our cabin at Mt Liberty Lodging and headed towards Gale River Loop Rd and the Garfield trailhead. We arrived around 8:25am, packed up, and were on trail by 8:40am. While the trailhead was small, it was clearly a popular hike; we saw dozens of people during our hike. I was shocked to find that this trail has hands down the easiest grades in the White Mountains leading to one of the 48 4000 footers, which is particularly outstanding when you consider the incredible 360 degree view from Garfield’s summit.
We enjoyed a nice leisurely 5 mile walk to the intersection of the Garfield trail and the Garfield Ridge Trail/AT.
We then scrambled up the short 0.2 miles to the summit of Garfield and enjoyed spectacular views and a good snack before we meandered back down.