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Rock Circuit Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 665' 203 m
Descent: -665' -203 m
High: 281' 86 m
Low: 132' 40 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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A nice trail that takes in some of the high points of the East Fells.

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Need to Know

The trail crosses Fellsway East twice—be careful and watch for cars!

Description

This is a circular trail that can be done in either direction from a variety of starting points. The parts of the trail closer to the Flynn Rink parking lot are a fairly gentle run in the woods, while the parts around to Fellsway East feature a fair amount of ascents/descents and some short scrambles. Look for lots of lady slipper orchids in late spring.

The trail often takes short detours to reach more boulders (they don't call it Rock Circuit for nothing) and also visits the ruins of the MIT Geodetic Observatory. The trail is reasonably well-blazed (in white) but it crosses many other trails and fire roads so a map is strongly recommended.

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in Massachusetts

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A frozen Cascade Falls makes for a beautiful wintertime reward at the trail's end.
Mar 5, 2017 near Melrose, MA

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