|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1940|
|First successful climber(s):||Jim Crooks and Judson Nelson|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
|Convenient Center:||North Bend|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Mount Garfield is also listed as Garfield Mountain on maps. This Garfield is located at the western margin of Alpine Lakes Wilderness, or about 40 miles east of Seattle, Washington. Garfield is situated above the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River and this low footing gives it dramatic local relief despite its modest height. The sheer rock walls of Garfield stand out in sharp contrast to its forested neighbors when seen from vantage points in the Snoqualmie Valley like Interstate 90, Rattlesnake Ledge, or Mount Teneriffe. Garfield is a complex and massive mountain with several summits, and numerous spires and pinnacles, all of which are extremely challenging climbs with hazards and a history of climbing accidents and fatalities. The Main Peak at 5519 feet was first climbed by Jim Crooks and Judson Nelson on August 27, 1940.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes, Volume 1, for a complete listing of all the many established routes and approaches for the summits and spires of Garfield Mountain. Beckey calls the rock Tertiary volcanic which includes andesite, dacite, and breccia flows highly recrystallized by thermal metamorphism.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.