This might be the best short hike I’ve done.
We still had several hours of daylight after climbing Otto’s Route. Dennis and Crisco were going mountain biking, but I wanted to climb a mountain instead. As we were hiking back to the car from Mt. Garfield, Crisco pointed out Mt. Garfield across the valley. He said that it was a popular hike for locals. There wasn’t a ton of time left in the day so any long hikes were out, but this one didn’t look like it could have been more than a few miles.
I pulled out my laptop at the McDonald’s (free wifi) in Fruita and found out how to get to the trailhead. I also found out that the hike was 2 miles long (one way) with a 2,000 foot elevation gain. Definitely doable in an afternoon.
Here are some pics from the spectacular hike.