From Grand Junction, take I-70 east to the Palisade exit (#42), turn south (right) onto 37 3/10 Road, and go to the first road on the right immediately after crossing the irrigation canal (G 7/10 Road). Travel 1.5 miles to the end of the road and go through a tunnel that passes under I-70 (Use caution if there is water in the tunnel - it can deceptively deep). The trailhead is a short distance further.
Mount Garfield is an iconic landmark of the Grand Valley located near the town of Palisade. The hike is two miles one way with 2,000 feet of elevation change - The trails are steep and challenging but offer exceptional views. Expect the hike to take several hours to complete. Be prepared with plenty of water and sturdy footwear. Hiking poles can be very useful, especially for the decent. There are two different trails leading to the top of Mt. Garfield: The two mile long Mt. Garfield Trail is shorter but more strenuous while Gearhart Mine Trail is 2.5 miles to the top.