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Walden Pond

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Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer loop
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 44' 13 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 197' 60 m
Low: 161' 49 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Appalachian Mountain Club

This loops heads out on gentle trails past swimming beaches and forests.

Appalachian Mountain Club

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Wildlife

Running is not allowed on these trails.

Overview

The trail passes by esteemed author Henry David Thoreau's 1845 cabin site, swimming beaches, and a boat launch. Recommended for families and naturalists.

Description

This easy loop circles Walden Pond and its surrounding forests, passing several coves, a glacial esker, and swimming beaches.

The entrance is on the east side of MA 126, 0.25 mi south of the junction with MA 2 in Concord. From the parking lot, cross MA 126 and follow the path downhill to the pond. Turn right and continue northwest on the Pond Path.

At 0.5 mi, the trail meets the Bay Circuit Trail (BCT, more info at baycircuit.org) near Thoreau's cabin site. Follow the path along the pond's northwest shores. After paralleling some MBTA railroad tracks, turn left at the junction at Long Cove at 1.0 mi.

At 1.2 mi, leave the Pond Path and follow the BCT on the Esker Trail to the boat launch access road, then turn left and follow the road to the pond edge. Complete the loop by following the path along the main beach to the entrance.

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

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May 15, 2019
Kayjay Botticelli
May 25, 2018
Aakash Bhambhani
Completed a long time ago, probably mid 2017
Feb 24, 2018
Nasreen Drew
One of my favorite hiking places! I love the history and the lake. There’s serenity here!
Jan 12, 2018
James Moon
Old Man Hiker Just checking in on my third hike of the new year. can't believe I've lived thru 76 of those so far in my lifetime. this hike was st… 2mi
Nov 23, 2017
Susi Huesing
Surrounded the lake twice, then followed the Esker trail. Really nice landscape, parking is ridiculously expensive though.
May 5, 2017
Mona Sangesland
Feb 17, 2017
Rich Redman
Jul 9, 2016
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  4.9 from 7 votes

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Thoreau's Cabin.
Nov 18, 2016 near Concord, MA
View of the pond
May 20, 2018 near Concord, MA
Thoreau's cabin site.
Oct 25, 2016 near Concord, MA

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