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Ward Reservation

Intermediate

Trail

3.5 mile 5.7 kilometer loop
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 227' 69 m
Descent: -225' -69 m
High: 392' 119 m
Low: 241' 73 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Appalachian Mountain Club

This loop run features excellent views of Boston and the Blue Hills.

Appalachian Mountain Club

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Overview

After passing an orchard, the loop reaches the summit of Holt Hill, where there are excellent views of Boston and the Blue Hills. This route is recommended for families.

Description

The entrance for this run is on Prospect Rd, 0.3 miles east of MA 125 in Andover. Run east along Prospect Rd, then bear left and follow Rachel's Trail past the orchard.

At Jct 4, turn left onto the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT, more info at baycircuit.org) and make an easy ascent to the open meadow at the summit of Holt Hill and the Solstice Stones directional markers.

From the summit, follow the BCT along a paved utility road, then turn right at Jct 23 and continue downhill past stone walls. At Jct 22, turn right off the BCT and follow Ward Trail through the woods bordering Rubbish Meadow wetland. Turn right at Jcts 18 and 17, then right at Jct 16 and follow the Sanborn Trail along Cat Swamp and the base of Shrub and Holt Hills.

Complete the loop at the junction with the BCT near Holt Hill summit, then turn right on the paved road and follow it past Jct 23 to Prospect Rd and the trailhead.

This featured run is courtesy of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide. For more information, visit their website.

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Oct 25, 2017
Melissa Nooney
yellow dot to solstice, then back up red dot to solstice 1.8mi

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#2636

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View towards Boston.
Oct 25, 2016 near Andover, MA
Solstice Stones on Holt Hill.
Oct 25, 2016 near Andover, MA
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Oct 23, 2019 near Andover, MA

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