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Mars Hill Trail
FUTS logoAbout the Trail
Begins in Thorpe Park and makes a steady climb westward through a draw on the east slope of Mars Hill. Portions of this climb are very steep. Once on top the trail continues to climb, but much more gradually, as it winds through the Ponderosa pine forest on Mars Hill. The upper portion of the trail is on land that is part of Lowell Observatory’s scientific reserve. From the west end of the trail there is access to Observatory Mesa via a network of forest roads. Over its entire length from east to west, the trail gains more than 500 feet in elevation.

Endpoints
Karen Cooper FUTS Trail to Tunnel Springs FUTS Trail

Length
1.9 mi | 3.0 km

Surface
Concrete: 11 percent of the trail (0.2 mi | 0.3 km)
Aggregate: 89 percent of the trail (1.7 mi | 2.7 km)

Grades
Easy grades: 61 percent of the trail has grades of less than 5 percent
Moderate grades: 30 percent of the trail has grades between 5 and 10 percent (2900 ft | 884 m)
Steep grades: 8 percent of the trail has grades between 10 and 15 percent (750 ft | 229 m)
Very steep grades: 2 percent of the trail has grades of more than 15 percent (200 ft | 61 m)
Maximum grade: 19 percent

Elevation
Low point: 6933 ft | 2113 m
High point: 7402 ft | 2256 m
Elevation range: 469 ft | 143 m
Cumulative elevation gain/loss: 504 ft | 154 m

Along the Way
  • Frances Short Pond
  • Thorpe Park
  • Bark Park

Intersecting Trails
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