Harling Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Harling Trail Sign at the start of the Harling Trail Sign on XC ski trail pointing towards park HQ Sign at XC ski trail intersection for Harling Trail Sign at the Cascade Link The end of the Harling Trail at the Cascade Link

Elevation Gain: 564 ft.
Length: 0.68 miles
Difficulty: 2
Popularity: 5

Gentle early section of trail The Harling Trail is accessed off of the Hinkley Trail at an intersection crossing a brook. The trail starts off at only a slight uphill on a nice smooth easy surface. It slowly moves left and right but stays mostly straight for almost the entire first half. Just before the first incline you will see a sign marking the Harling Trail and another pointing in the direction of the state park campground. This trail is a XC ski trail and shouldn't be used for hiking. Here the trail bends slightly right before turning left and going up the first small climb of the trail. There are a few rocks in the trail now, but not many. After this first incline, the trail levels back out some, but not to the degree it was before. As the trail goes into thicker hardwoods, the rocks go away and the trail stays gentle for a little ways.

Starting to head uphill more The trail stays like this as the forest becomes a little more mixed with softwoods. It continues going mostly straight while steadily gaining elevation. Soon the trail starts to bear to the right and the surface becomes rockier. As you continue into thicker trees, the trail starts to get a little steeper again. There are rocks mixed in, but they are still easy to walk over. The trail makes it way up and turns back to the left again just before it comes to its intersection with the Cascade Link. Here you can turn left towards the White Dot Trail a short distance away or turn right towards the Red Spot and other trails.


When descending... the trail is accessed via the Cascade Link. There are signs on a tree on the upper side of the Cascade Link marking this trail. The trail heads into the trees starts its way down the mountain. The trail starts off in a thicker section of forest with a moderate decline. It turns towards the right at the start and then back to the left after a while. At the last moderate decline in the trail it turns right and there is a XC ski trail on your right with a sign pointing towards the state park campground. This trail should not be used for hiking as it is intended for skiing only. Another sign marks the direction of the Harling Trail as you now head only slightly downhill. The trail stays pretty straight and easy for the remainder of its length until it comes out to the Hinkley Trail at a well marked intersection at a brook crossing.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
The Harling Trail at the Cascade Link Sign for the start of the Harling Trail The start of the Harling Trail Sign on XC ski trail pointing towards park HQ Sign at XC ski trail intersection for Harling Trail Signs at the end of the Harling Trail
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