Didn't spend a lot of time on top - I could see the showers approaching. Rain/hail caught up with me; clay trail became like grease. Didn't bother the 3 horses I saw on one of the platforms the trail passes through.
I've climbed here many times since the first time and it is probably my favorite. Driving there is a ritual and getting there before anyone else (when possible) is always a plus.
It was my 300th mountain!
Crappy high country weather chased us out to the desert this weekend. I've driven past this ruggedly handsome peak so many times it was time to pay the summit a visit. Nice and steep as soon as we left the Jeep. Loved the sweeping views from high on the plateau. Hung out on the summit for over and hour just taking it in!
I did it 2x - one in the winter with snow and once in the summer. Steep trail, incredible views....
Dow, that area (and especially Main Canyon little further up east) is famous for spotting wild mustangs.
I climb at least twice a year, I love Mount Garfield. There are wonderful route coming up the backside too that are less strenuous. Best time up: 35min
great hike with my son, brother and Duchess. Reached the summit when it was dark and had great night views over Grand Junction area.
5/28/13 - 2x more, fun and short hike (only 2 miles, 2000 feet one way = 4 miles total), nice outing again with my son (CMU student at GJ) and Duchess
1st: 4/25/10; Nice trail and views! Although even at 11am in late April this was a warm hike, definitely wouldn't want to climb this one on a summer afternoon.
2nd: 11/4/17; With Rachael up the Garfield trail.
Great little trail, short but steep. Nice elevation gain for getting ready for bigger mountains. Little hard on the knees coming down, but the experience and views are worth the pain!
Great steep but short jaunt. Fantastic views. Encountered a miniature horse near the summit. Strange.
All around wonderful mountain packed with exciting formations and breath-taking (literally) approaches! I've utilized mt. garfield for the past six months as a conditioning tool and have developed a healthy respect for its numerous different and interesting approaches. I recommend trying one of the many many many different alternate routes that exist!
2,000ft in 2 miles. It'll definately get you sweating. Especially when it's 80 frickin degrees out!
From the summit, I can see why they're called the Book Cliffs. Beautiful views of the Grand Valley.
Climbed this with my youngest son. He wasn't in the right frame of mind when we first started but I believe he enjoyed it as much as I did at the end. Tremendous views! They were replacing the flag while we were on the summit. They told us the pole commemorated Vietnam Veterans of the Grand Junction area.
Climbed with my 83-year-old dad, and sister on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Wow, what views!!!
Fresh snow from the night before made the hike even more scenic than it normally must be. The weather, time of year, and the fact that I hiked early on a weekday meant I had the mountain all to myself the entire time.
I think we should rename Mount G to Mount Mars as it looks like something more from the red planet that our own. Just a thought. I'm full of them. It is steep. good training for Denali with mucho weight on!