Franklin Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 128' 39 m
Descent: -125' -38 m
High: 156' 48 m
Low: 65' 20 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“The perfect sampler of what the biggest park in Boston has to offer.”— Zander Göpfert
At the first intersection, head right (east) toward and around Scarboro Pond. Continue north along the paved path past the tennis courts and baseball field to Circuit Drive and the 99 Steps/Ellicott Arch. Here, you'll enter "The Wilderness" area on one of the many paths through the area. Keep an eye on the Trail Run Project mobile app as you generally make your way to the northwest. When in doubt, turn right and you'll hit Circuit Drive/Jewish War Veteran's Drive, where the Walking Loop continues and accesses the Schoolmaster Hill Trail.
The Schoolmaster Hill Trail loop provides one of the best viewpoints in the area. The name honors Ralph Waldo Emerson who was a teacher in nearby Roxbury in the 1820s.
After taking in the views, continue back to the Walking Loop and finish the remaining three-quarters of a mile back to the golf course parking area.
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