Marlboro Trail Description

Trail signs and intersections
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Trail on map Parking lot for the Marlboro Trail Start of the Marlboro Trail Paint on the rocks at the intersection with the Marian Trail Looking up the Marlboro Trail at the intersection with the Marian Trail Paint on the rocks where the Marlboro Trail joins with the Dublin Trail
Jim's junction Marking at end of Marlboro Trail on the summit  

Elevation Gain: 1845 ft.
Length: 1.92 miles
Difficulty: 4
Popularity: 3

The end of the first hard climb The trailhead for the Marlboro Trail can be found on Shaker Farm Rd South On the Eastern side of NH Rt. 124 just North of Perkins Pond. The small parking area is just beyond the end of the maintained portion of road. The trail starts directly across the road from the parking lot at a large sign heading to the left. The trail starts off without any major elevation change. It goes slightly downhill before going uphill just as much. As you continue along this first portion of trail, you slowly turn towards the right and are aimed back towards the mountain. Eventually the trail starts to climb at a steadier pace. You go up and over a few small inclines plus some extended ones. Soon you will come to a crossing in a stone wall and will be at the first and longest climb of the trail.

View to the South This first climb is pretty step and rocky at times. In a couple places there are paths that go around hard sections, but make sure to stay on the trail to minimize your impact on the mountain and its conditions. This climb goes up for quite a ways leveling out slightly just before the last hard push. Just before the end of the climb you will come to an opening with a view, while this view is nice, there is an even better one just another few feet up the trail. Now the trail levels back out some while going over mostly open rock. Soon you will come to a larger opening on flat rock where the Marian Trail goes off to your right. Here you have a view up to the summit and are a little over half the distance to the summit.

Rocky section of trail Heading further up the trail you will continue in the open for just a bit before heading back into the trees. At this point, the trail steadily gains elevation as you switch between short steep climbs and more gentle climbs. The steep climbs can be a little tricky as some of them have some large rocks to get up and over. These climbs continue off and on until one last steep climb just as you are coming out to the open near tree line. At the top of this climb you will crest over the rocks and be on the top of the final ridge. After continuing for a little bit over the rocks, you will meet up with the Dublin Trail coming in from your left where a sign marks "Jim's Junction." Take a right here and continue to the summit. The trail is much less steep now, but you need to climb over some large rocks before you get to the summit.


When descending... the trail starts combined with the Dublin Trail and it is easy to follow the painted markings on the rocks from the summit. Soon you will come to an intersection with painted markings on the rocks where the Dublin Trail heads right and the Marlboro Trail heads left. After just a bit more time on the open rocks, you will come to the first steep descent and head below tree line. The upper part of the trail can be steep and hard to descend over the large rocks. Take your time here and don't go any faster than you feel comfortable with. You will go down multiple steep descents with more level sections in between. After a while of this, you will come to an open section of bare rock where the Marian Trail will go off to your left. Continue down the open rocks after this for a little longer and you will come to one last nice view point before heading down the longest climb and back into the trees. After this descent, the trail becomes pretty gentle again eventually leveling out mostly before reaching the parking lot.

Trail signs and intersections while descending
Marking at the start of the Marlboro and Dublin Trails on the summit Marker for the Marlboro and Dublin Trails just after the White Arrow Trail Paint on the rocks where the Marlboro Trail and Dublin Trails split Intersection of the Marlboro Trail with the Marian Trail The end of the Marlboro Trail The Parking lot for the Marlboro Trail
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