Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Duck Hole (Marlow), NH
Trails: Access path, Beaver Pond Loop, Grassy Brook Trail, Scenic View Spur, Duck Hole Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the public access trailhead for Kroka Expeditions on NH 123. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: On one hand, Grassy Brook Trail does need some brushing to open up the corridor. On the other hand, the brushiness kinda fits with the trail's wild character. Several scattered blowdowns on both of the major trails. The blazing on Beaver Pond Loop needs to be redone; the corridor is a bit unclear in places by the beaver pond. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Dare I say they are subsiding? Not bad today. I did pick up two ticks from the brushy trails. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Revisiting the Kroka Expeditions trails in Marlow. The star attraction here, to me anyway, is Grassy Brook Trail, which extends into the backcountry for a couple miles. Very remote and wilderness-ey feeling. Also super quiet with no people. I like.

A side path off Grassy Brook Trail, about 0.1 mi. long, leads to an excellent ledge overlooking a wide, marshy area of Grassy Brook known as Duck Hole. This area also has some neat glacial erratics.

Despite signage indicating that the trail continued 0.4 mi. further to Baine Rd., the end of Grassy Brook Trail appeared to be at a logging road. I looked up and down the road and didn't see a continuation, so I guess that extension hasn't been built yet. Or I missed something very obvious.  
Name: KenM 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-07-09 
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