My Hike and Trail Photos to Mount Garfield, a Grand Junction Landmark Near Interstate 70
An Enjoyable Hike in Grand Junction ... Mount Garfield (elevation 6,765 feet) is a landmark for Grand Junction
and much of the Grand Valley. The peak appears foreboding to the common person
-- as if it would be a treacherous climb to the top --
but a well-marked two-mile trail ascends 2,000 feet in elevation to reach the summit.
I suppose this may not be the best trail if you are seeking quiet and solitude, as the roar of Interstate 70
was never far, but this hike offers much in variety and scenery. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Warning: After
rainfall, the Mt. Garfield Trail
could pose a problem as some steep sections may be too slippery.
Directions: From Interstate 70, turn off at Exit 42 in Palisade. Travel about 100 yards south and turn right (west) on G 7/10 Road.
Travel past vineyards and peach stands for about two miles until you are forced to turn right (north). The road travels under Interstate 70
through a tunnel, and on the other side is the parking lot and trailhead.
Photos The stunning view of Mount Garfield from Interstate 70 in Clifton.
The beauty of Mount Garfield (left) and the Book Cliffs from a neighborhood in Palisade.