The trail begins as an easy walk on an old tractor road through a healthy growing forest recovering beautifully from its logging in the 70's. As the trail begins to narrow a moderate incline is visible. The trail winds through a birch filled forest that yields to spruce and firs. The appearance of Evergreens heightens your sense of the elevation and you begin to anticipate the summit as you round each of a seemingly endless number of switchbacks. Pay attention to your pace or the final stretch will knock the wind out of you.
Eventually you will brush by some krumholtz and imminently there after the .25 mile scramble to the top comes into view. If you made up to this point without a little burn in your legs, this should do the trick!
A view only to be compared to the best views in the state at least. Unlike many hikes in NH you have the sense that you can't hear the cars from an, often visible, nearby highway. Not to diss any of the Granite states pride and joys but absence will either make the heart grow fonder or incur a temporary (ofcourse, selective) loss of memory.
Take 93 North to US 3 and follow 3 North for 5 miles toward Twin Mtn. You will see a hiker sign then a sign for the Gale River trail turn right onto the Gale River Loop Rd.[In the winter and early spring the Gale River Loop Road may be closed in which case you can park in one of the pullouts and walk up the road till it crosses the Garfield Trail] Drive about 3 miles, past the Gale River Trailhead to the Garfield Trailhead.
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