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Mountain Bike Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

A good introduction to pseudo-suburban hiking.


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6.4

Miles

10.3

KM

Loop

259' 79 m

High

115' 35 m

Low

462' 141 m

Up

462' 141 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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 hiking. 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 hiking 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 hiking to new levels.

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Trevor Wellman

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snowy wood
Feb 19, 2020 near Winchester, MA
Middlesex Fells, Medford, United States
Feb 19, 2020 near Winchester, MA
Typical mini trail that shoots off Skyline
Sep 19, 2020 near Winchester, MA
North Reservoir's glassy water provides a beautiful view from the Skyline Trail.
Mar 20, 2017 near Winchester, MA

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Oct 26, 2019
Jamie Marshall
Mar 17, 2019
Dustin Kerksieck
Muddy, some snow
Oct 15, 2018
Johannah Frelier
Amazing views and fall foliage! Best mountain bike trail close to the city
Sep 15, 2017
Alyssa Wherry
6.3mi
Mar 19, 2017
ANDREW FOWLIE