Marian Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Start of the Marian Trail Sign at the start of the Marian Trail Paint on the rocks at the end of the Marian Trail Looking right up the Marlboro Trail

Elevation Gain: 279 ft.
Length: 0.49 miles
Difficulty: 2
Popularity: 5

Smooth easy going The Marian Trail starts at the intersection with the Mossy Brook and Great Pasture Trails and connects over to the Western side of the mountain at the Marlboro Trail. The trail begins with a quick climb up over a rock at the start and then it levels off mostly as it starts to head Northwest. The trail continues over smooth ground to a point where you have a small marshy area to your left. Here there is a limited view up to the summit. Moving along the trail slowly gains elevation as it makes it way through the woods. Before long, you will come to one of a couple limited viewpoints out to the Southwest on your left.

Rocky climb nearing the end Continuing along, the trail still remains to climb at a gentle incline. The trail doesn't have many rocks at this point, but does at times go over smooth sections of exposed rock. Soon the trail does start to climb more. As it does this, it also becomes rockier. As you near the end there is one steep spot where you need to climb up some rocks as the trail turns to the right. You will then have to step from big rock to rock briefly before the trail turns left again and levels out. Now the trail continues mostly flat and smooth as you come up to the open intersection with the Marlboro trail with a nice view up to the summit as well.


When descending... the trail is accessed from the Marlboro Trail approximately half way down it. The trail starts off with the hardest sections. It is a little rocky and has a steeper decent to begin with. It doesn't take long for the trail to level out more and become smoother. The trail is easy to follow for the whole length and doesn't have any intersections until the end where you come to the Great Pasture and Mossy Brook Trails.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Start of the Marian Trail at the Marlboro Trail Paint on the rocks at the start of the Marian Trail End of the Marian Trail at the Mossy Brook and Great Pasture Trails Looking right down the Mossy Brook Trail Looking left up the Great Pasture Trail
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