Mount Garfield – White Mountains, NH
Mount Garfield was a mentally and physically tough mountain to summit when doing the Pemi Loop. If you look at the elevation profile map below you can see it’s not the highest peak but it’s rather isolated. After summiting Lafayette the trail brings you back down almost 2,000′ before you start going up again. You reach a small section of slight incline then go back down another 500′ until you finally reach your lowest elevation since starting the Pemi Loop. But, now it’s time to climb back up 1,000′ to the summit of Garfield! That’s a lot of elevation change in less than 3 miles!
Garfield summit does offer spectacular views and definitely worth the hike up. It has the base of the old fire tower still at the summit which is pretty cool.
You can summit Garfield in a day hike. There’s a parking area on Gale River Loop Road that leads you to the trailhead for Garfield Trail. It’s 5 miles from the parking area up to the summit which makes for a nice day hike.
No matter which trail you take up to Mount Garfield you and your pup are going to be rewarded with awesome views and great scenery! The trails are dog-friendly but pretty rocky so be mindful of your pup’s paws.