This trail sometimes gets very dry, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. The time needed for this backcountry hike is roughly 3 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. This wilderness trail has a total elevation difference of 1,122 feet which is an average number. With its 3.4 miles of walking distance it's a shorter type backcountry hike. This is not a very long trail but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. Garfield Peak Trail has only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to walk it normally. There's not much difference in elevation along the backpacking trail which means the conditions are about the same from start to finish.