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Mt. Garfield - Solo Spring Hike

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Mt. Garfield Elevation: 4,500ft Trails: Garfield and Garfield Ridge Trail/Appalachian Trail Elevation Gain: 3,000ft Distance: 10 miles roundtrip Duration: 6.75 hours (includes stops along trail and at summit) My 4000+ Peak #29 Listed 4000+: #14 Difficulty:Easy to Moderate
Normally I don’t hike during the week, but I had a free day and it was gorgeous with very mild temps, perfect for spending time with myself hiking in the White Mountains. I took the most popular route up, the Garfield Trail. It was an easy trail that follows old fire roads and a tractor road. At the Garfield Ridge junction I took the short, easy scramble 0.2 miles to the summit. I had the summit to myself for a while. I usually limit my summit stays to about 30 minutes, but I couldn’t get my Peaks App to focus correctly on the peaks of the Franconia Ridge. Plus, I had to eat. Plus, I had to take as many photos as I could get. And then I did a bit of socializing with Nack and his mom. Even though I got a bit of a late start, I…

Mt. Field - Solo Summer Hike

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Elevation: 4,340ft Trails: Avalon and Willey Ridge Elevation Gain: 2,400ft Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip Duration: 5 hrs/15 min (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at both summits) My 4000+ Peak #17 Listed 4000+: #23
Via: Mt. Avalon (3,342 ft.)
Difficulty: Moderate
So there I was at the trailhead for the third time. The first time I did a solo hike to Mt. Willard, and the second time I made my first winter solo hike to Mt. Tom. I was familiar with how the Avalon Trail starts off easily from the Crawford Train Depot. I had planned to hike to Mounts Avalon, Field and Willey. But thunderstorms were forecasted for the afternoon and if I did hike to Mt. Willey, I didn't want to take a chance of hiking back down the steep rocky portions of trail when it was wet. I'd make my decision once I got to the summit of Mt. Field.
I expected the heat but not the humidity. Some parts of the trail are steep and rocky and the combination of humidity and bugs didn't make it any fun. There…