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Old 10-16-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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round trip in one day

planning a weekend during the end of the month, can duck hole be done round trip in one day . If so where is the best place to start
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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We did that easily with canoes over our heads!!
Start and end at Upper Works, travel light and you shouldn't have too much trouble. Do start early, the days are getting short...
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:02 PM   #3
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It's about 7 or 8 miles to Duck Hole from Upper Works. With an early start, it's not too difficult to get in and back out in a single day. Hardest (steepest) part is the elevation gain up to Hunter Pond from Preston Ponds on the way in. Coming out isn't so bad- the elevation gain up to Hunter Pond is a lot more gradual.

The trail is a little bit hard to follow in spots between Hunter Pond and Duck Hole, and obviously receives little use. Make sure you keep your eyes open for trail markers.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:34 AM   #4
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You can go in from Corey's too. Leveler and less strenuous.

But if you're doing a weekend, why not spend an overnight? Get some pictures and post them please.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:40 PM   #5
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You can go in from Corey's too. Leveler and less strenuous.
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I never even looked at that route...it does have less elevation gain and the distance is about the same. If they are hiking only (and I'm pretty sure they are), that would seem to be an easier route for sure!
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Hawk,
I never even looked at that route...it does have less elevation gain and the distance is about the same. If they are hiking only (and I'm pretty sure they are), that would seem to be an easier route for sure!
It's 10 miles from Coreys, vs. 7 or 8 from Upper Works. It follows a hiking trail till just past the first lean-to (Blueberry) and then joins the Ward Brook Truck Trail for the remainder of the distance to Upper Works. It is indeed very flat hiking, but not without it's own hazards- there is a section flooded under 1-2 feet of water by beavers, and the trail gets pretty overgrown between the Camp 4 lean-tos and where it joins the Northville Placid Trail. Beyond the Seymour herd path, it's obvious that it gets little use. The old road bed makes it pretty easy to follow all the way to Duck Hole, though.

The trail from Upper Works isn't that bad, the only difficult part is the steep elevation gain from Preston Ponds to Hunter Pond, which is about 200-250 feet. If you're driving from points south, I'd argue that it's probably not really worth the extra driving time to drive the extra hour to Coreys.
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