Mountain Bike Loop
ElevationAscent: 462' 141 m
Descent: -462' -141 m
High: 259' 79 m
Low: 115' 35 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A good introduction to pseudo-suburban running.”— Trevor Wellman
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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Land Manager: Massachusetts State Parks - Department of Conservation