Garfield

Hiked Mt. Garfield on 6/11/2015. This was peak number 556 for “The Grid over 60”. It was a nice day with temps in the 70s and enough wind to keep the bugs away. It’s 5 miles to the summit but it is pretty gentle although always up until the last .2 miles which is pretty steep. There are several stream crossings that were all easy with no wet feet.

Stream crossing on Mt. Garfield trail
Stream crossing on Mt. Garfield trail

There were a few flowers in blossom but the Painted and Purple Trilliums have gone by.

Bunchberry
Bunchberry

After 4.8 miles I reached the junction with the Garfield Ridge trail where the trail gets quite a bit steeper.

Sign at Garfield Ridge
Sign at Garfield Ridge

I quickly reached the summit where there were good views. I didn’t eat my PBJ there as it was only 10:15 and I wasn’t hungry. I stopped on the way down by a stream where there weren’t any bugs and ate there.

Foundation of the old firetower on Garfield
Foundation of the old firetower on Garfield
Franconia Ridge
Franconia Ridge
Summit of Cannon
Summit of Cannon

I met quite a few people on the way up as I was going down including one group of about 15 that were planning to spend the night at the Garfield shelter. Might have been kind of crowded. Only 20 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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