Marl Lake Trail System

 
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5.0 Miles 8.1 Kilometers

 

97% 

Runnable

70%

Singletrack

350' 107 m

Ascent

-384' -117 m

Descent

1,243' 379 m

High

1,151' 351 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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An easy scenic wooded hike.

Carl Ignash

Overview

Open all year.
The Marl Lake Trail System is located in Higgins Lake State Park. It is a loop trail with 2 connectors that make it 3 loops of different lengths. Much of the trail is near the edge of Marl Lake. Waterfowl and animals can be seen. The trail is wooded and scenic.

The 1st loop is marked with green markers and is about 1.5 miles long. The 2nd loop is about 3 miles long and is marked with red markers. The blue trail is the entire 5 mile loop.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

This is an easy hike of 5 miles about half of which is near the edge of Marl Lake. Waterfowl, birds and various animals might be seen. The day I hiked the trail I saw ducks and a heron on the lake, a deer in the woods and a bear cub foot print on the trail. About a half a mile beyond the foot print I saw bear scat complete with berries. The trail near the lake has a couple of wooden bridges over low wet areas. There are other shallow dips in the trail that can be a bit muddy. The woods is made up of pine, maple, oak, birch and ferns, The first half of the trail singletrack with roots and dips present. The back halve of the trail is about 70% 2 track. The trail is used for hiking, cross country skiing and biking.

Flora & Fauna

Pine, maple, birch, hemlock and oak trees. Fern and wild berry bushes. The are has waterfowl and a wide variety of animals including deer, bear and bob cats.

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All Clear 23 hours ago
Dry: Several muddy low spots along the longer blue part of the trail.
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