HIKES & EVENTS
DATE: Feb 20, 2021
END DATE: Feb 20, 2021
Hike/Event Location: Lincoln NH
Thornton, NH United States,
Manchester, NH United States
Meeting Time: 7:30 AM
Max # People: 10
Hike Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Hike Difficulty Level:
Moderate to Strenuous
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This ledge top four thousand footer has one of the premier viewing winter perches in the Whites!
The round trip is a moderate 12.2 miles with 3,000' of elevation with unforgettable views! The access road to the Garfield Trail is not open in winter so it requires a 1.2 mile road walk so it adds more mileage than if you were hiking up in summer. Mt. Garfield, located northeast of Mt. Lafayette and Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire's White Mountains in the 14th highest among the 4,000 foot peaks. What makes this mountain stand out from many of the other White Mountains in the relative ease of the hike to top via the Garfield Trail and the grand view from the top looking at the Pemigewasset Wilderness towards the south! The last .25 pitch to the summit on the Garfield Ridge Trail can be very icy, and caution is required on both the ascent and descent of this steep, ledgy section of trai to the magnificent 360 degree views from the 4500' summit!
We’ll be using the Mt. Garfield Trail, an old tractor road, hence the grades are easy and the footing is good. While there are no views along the trail, the views from the summit are excellent. If this is the first time on this peak, you climb in the forest, emerge over a ridge and then you'll get WOWED with the view of the Pemigewasset Wilderness!
We will be hiking in winter conditions at a moderate pace with time to enjoy the scenery. There will be ice and snow. Light tracking devices are mandatory and we may need snowshoes if there was a recent snowstorm. Light traction can be either Kahtoola MicroSpikes or Hillsounds Crampons that can purchased from your local outdoor outfitter such as REI or EMS; or online. If you don’t own a pair of snowshoes, you can always rent them from your local outdoor gear shop.
Please have the appropriate gear/clothing to hike this time of year and the appropriate amount of layers to keep your core body warm. We recommend WINTER hiking boots, MicroSpikes, wool hat, gloves, hand warmers, rain/wind gear, warm layers, HEADLAMP and NO COTTON. Carry at least 2 liters of water, lunch and snacks.
Event Coordinators: Mike Boisvert and Jon Normand
Directions To Trailhead Parking Lot
Drive north through Franconia Notch on the parkway. As this scenic route becomes I-93, take exit 35 onto US 3 North towards Twin Mountain/Lancaster. Drive 4.8 miles on US 3 then turn right onto Gale River Loop Road where we will park here. We'll be driving a blue Toyota Tacoma truck.