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Garfield Ridge



5.9 mile 9.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,938' 895 m
Descent: -1,480' -451 m
High: 5,218' 1,590 m
Low: 3,409' 1,039 m


Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)


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Drops down from Galehead hut which is not too rugged (we met a corgi dog hiking this part - the owner was not on a leash). Climbs up with some scrambling to a very nice outlook then on up with steep haul to Mt Garfield which has
an open summit with great views and old concrete tower base for wind shelter. Next a long drop down before the climb
begins onto garfiled ridge which never gets too steep or rocky to be a slog. Finally the opening out and climb up to
Lafayette summit is great with open views and passing various false summits which we named mountain foolery.

We had a perfect sunny day with gentle breezes - the summit of Lafayette was teeming with people in contrast to
the previous 3 days hiking across from Highland Center.

Hike this the last week in June 2018 from Greenleaf Hut to Galehead Hut. It is more difficult than it seems because small rises and descents over rocks and roots. That said, it is quite scenic from Lafayette to Garfield. Unfortunately there are long stretches in the woods going up and down over minor hills where hikers without gps may have no idea where they might be. Allow plenty of time so you are not hiking after dark.

Flora & Fauna

Song birds in the boreal zone

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Sep 12, 2018
Dave James
Jul 13, 2018
Aleksandar Petakov
Sep 10, 2017
Ying Pan
Aug 14, 2016
Emily Bernstein
Amazing trail with some super intense parts. Summit is well worth it!

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Galehead hut, night view
Aug 1, 2018 near Deerfield, NH
A big cairn stands on Garfield Ridge as we climb up to Lafayette.
Jul 7, 2017 near Deerfield, NH
Descending off of Mt. Lafayette.
Mar 25, 2015 near Deerfield, NH
Galehead Hut is a pretty nice place to spend the sunset.
Jul 7, 2017 near Deerfield, NH
Garfield Trail ridgeline looking CCW to Mt Lafaette.
Aug 24, 2016 near Deerfield, NH
Top of Lafayette with an added surprise!
Aug 26, 2018 near Deerfield, NH

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