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Mountain Bike Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 462' 141 m
Descent: -462' -141 m
High: 259' 79 m
Low: 115' 35 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Trevor Wellman

A good introduction to pseudo-suburban running.

Trevor Wellman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Open dawn to dusk. Refer to the Mass DCR for a full list of rules and regulations.

Description

Contrary to its name, the Mountain Bike Loop is a multi-use trail that often draws many of the folks that come to the Fells to do things other than mountain biking. This is due to its overall easy doubletrack terrain. You're certain to see people, dogs, bicycles, and any combination of the aforementioned.

The trail generally avoids the best parts of the Fells such as Wright's Tower on the Skyline Trail and Bear Hill Tower on Bear Hill Road. It opts for tame doubletrack terrain interspersed with bouts of mainly erosion-induced singletrack ruggedness.

However, if you're looking to complete the full loop around the western reservoirs of the Fells and aren't quite ready for the more challenging terrain of the Skyline Trail, the Mountain Bike Loop may be a good launch pad for introductory running. The Mountain Bike Loop also makes for a slightly more intuitive, more confident loop in less-than-ideal conditions such as in the dark or in a rain storm.

At the end of the day, if you're running on the Mountain Bike Loop, you're not pounding pavement; and that in itself can be a great success and can bring your passion for running to new levels.

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Nov 2, 2019
Chi Wang
6.6mi — 1h 11m
Oct 8, 2017
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North Reservoir's glassy water provides a beautiful view from the Skyline Trail.
Mar 20, 2017 near Winchester, MA
snowy wood
Feb 19, 2020 near Winchester, MA
Middlesex Fells, Medford, United States
Feb 19, 2020 near Winchester, MA

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