Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH 5-24-15

How do you become a hiker?

Normally I’d want to find a more quiet place to be on a busy Memorial Day weekend but we have a goal of finishing Frank’s 4,000 foot mountains in NH before our climb of Kilimanjaro in September.  It is a great goal and also doubles as training for us.  We camped nearby at Tarry Ho Campground so our ride was a quick 10 minutes to the trailhead.  The parking lot was overflowing by the time we got there so we were prepared for a hike with lots of people.  Somehow we didn’t see many people on trail for long and enjoyed quiet times at stream crossings and along the wooded trail until the summit where many hikers were taking in the 360 degree views on Mt. Garfield.

Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Beautiful summit

We haven’t been hiking much lately which made the shorter distance of Garfield a great choice for us, 10 miles round trip is shorter for many of the 4,000 and higher mountains in NH.  The trail has gentle grades for most of the way and is more like a walk in the woods until the final summit push.  Mohammed Ellozy’s hiking website reveals that Mt. Garfield Trail  was a tractor road which explains the easy grade and good footing.  The stream crossings were low due to lack of rain lately and made rock hopping across much easier than normal.

Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH

Wild flowers were blooming everywhere, we had frequent stops as I couldn’t resist taking photos of all the beautiful flowers!

Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Painted Trillium
Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Spring Beauty
Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Rosy Twisted Stalk, or as I call it Fairy Bells

After enjoying wooded trail and many flowers we were very amused to encounter a large patch of snow in the trail around a turn and so late in the season.  I may have had to throw a snowball or two!

Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Snow on trail Memorial Day weekend

At the final stretch to the summit the snow turned to slippery melting ice pack and made for a challenging bit of trail.  Much easier going up but the way down was an accident waiting to happen for me as I tend not to have cat like balance especially down hill.  I was one the only one on trail wearing microspikes, I was glad for the added traction thanks to recommendations from friends who hiked the trail the day before.

Hiking Tip: What you need to be safe on any hike

The summit is all rock with the cement remnants of an old fire cabin at the highest point.  The wind usually is strong at the summit and was really whipping on our visit.  The amazing views were well worth bundling up for and we enjoyed lunch just below the summit tucked up against a ledge.  With views of endless ridges of mountains and no roads in sight it is really a place I feel privileged to be, a place where a wildcat belongs.  Roar!

Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
Frank enjoying amazing views from in the old foundation
Had to test out the LifeStraw!
Had to test out the LifeStraw!
Trip Report Mt. Garfield NH
My impersonation of a wild mountain cat

For more of our favorite hikes check out:

The best hike in New Hampshire

Kilimanjaro – a life changing moment

Why you should go for a hike!

About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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