Hikers planning on climbing both Galehead Mountain and Mount Garfield on the same trip with only one car usually walk from one trailhead to the other. There is, however, a slightly shorter, and in my opinion more interesting, alternative.

There is a logging road (at one time it was maintained as a snowmobile trail) that crosses the Garfield Trail between the upper and middle stream crossings. It is familiar to some as a way of avoiding the stream crossings at high water. It heads more or less east, going over a bridge used in the bypass, and is in reasonably good condition. After a few tenths of a mile the road suddenly becomes very overgrown, but at this point a newer road goes uphill (south) a short distance to a clearing. A very good logging road goes east from that clearing. On reaching a second clearing (which it does not enter) it makes a right angle turn and goes north, meeting the Gale River Road at a gate (a useful landmark if doing this in reverse), which can be followed to the Gale River trailhead. It probably saves about half a mile or so of distance, and greatly shortens the road walk.

The map below shows relevant sections the Garfield and Gale river trails (dashed red lines), the Gale River Road (heavy black line), the recommended logging road (medium black line) and the old, very overgrown, logging road (dashed black line).

Logging roads between the Gale River and Garfield trailheads

Map of logging roads between the Gale River and Garfield