Mount Garfield Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,906' 581 m
Descent: -1,904' -580 m
High: 6,723' 2,049 m
Low: 4,852' 1,479 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)
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“The steepest in the valley, 2K vert in 2 miles with amazing geology & possible wild horses.”— Andrew Walters
The flat doesn't last long and again you'll head right up and into a boulder field. Exit the boulder field to the left as the trail makes a gradual, sweeping ascent underneath the looming cliffs above. The trail will then climb up through a break in the cliff and continue to climb steeply along the cliffs edge. Once you are past a final scrambling section with lots of loose gravel atop bedrock the trail levels out and you can make better time as you approach the summit. There used to be a flagpole marking the summit, but a cairn and benchmark will let you know when you have reached it.
Take in the views, let your legs rest for a second and then get ready to fly back down. Keep your descent under control, especially on the lower part of the ridge near the parking area. Hiking in a serpentine fashion down the ridge will help you stay in control.
Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Grand Junction Field Office