Trail

Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails

Greenfield, NH
Length: 2.00 mi.

About This Trail

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As the longest accessible trails in a mountainside environment in the United States, the Gregg and Dutton Brook trails combine unique hardpack pathways, boardwalks, moderate grades, switchbacks, and rest stops to create a natural, yet accessible, hiking experience for people of all abilities. Hikers have two very distinct trails to choose from, built to the exacting accessibility standards that will soon be released by the U.S. Forest Service. Their opening in June of 2011 completes the first phase of an Outdoor Recreation Master Plan developed by Crotched Mountain in 2006. The planning and building of these remarkable trails was led by premier trail builder Peter Jensen of Peter Jensen and Associates, one of the country’s leading designers and builders of accessible trails. With thirty years of experience, Peter is considered the most skilled and knowledgeable builder of universal access trails in the country. Funds for this $500,000 project were raised through private donations and grants.

Gregg Trail
Named after Crotched Mountain’s founder, Harry Gregg, this trail climbs to a knoll with panoramic views. A series of switchbacks with grades of no more than eight percent take hikers from the trailhead parking lot to the top of The Knoll, a distance of eight-tenths of a mile, one way. The trail skirts extensive wild blueberry fields and crosses open grasslands, offering great vistas of Crotched Mountain and wildlife viewing. Once at The Knoll, hikers are rewarded with an observation deck and panoramic views to the west, south and east of Grand Monadnock, many distant hills and the Contoocook River Valley.

Dutton Brook Trail
This woodland trail, featuring diverse forest and animal habitats, descends to a loop that winds around an abandoned beaver-built wetland. Boardwalks and observation decks offer hikers opportunities to observe and learn about our native flora and fauna. Interpretive signs familiarize visitors with the rich and complex natural beauty that abounds. Deer, moose, porcupine and many other upland species frequent this area that forms the headwaters for Dutton Brook. The wetlands are a sanctuary for many bird species. Round trip, the hike is about two miles.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog www.summitmommy.com that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.