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Rock Circuit Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Loop

281' 86 m

High

137' 42 m

Low

619' 189 m

Up

619' 189 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Overview

Blazed in white, this is a loop 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 hike in the woods, while the parts around to Fellsway East feature a fair amount of ascents/descents and some short scrambles.

Need to Know

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

Be aware that the blazing is inconsistent, and in some cases misleading. Trail junctions are often not blazed, and many blazes are heavily worn, or on fallen trees. There are several locations where off-trail paths have been cut. Follow the blazes religiously!

Description

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 or the Hiking Project mobile app is strongly recommended.

As shown, this lollipop hike starts from the Flynn Rink parking area and uses the Cross Fells Trail: Flynn Skating Rink To Black Rock to join with the Rock Circuit Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Look for lots of lady slipper orchids in late spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

zach young with improvements by Ben Child

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  3.9 from 9 votes

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Middlesex Fells Reservation
Feb 19, 2020 near Melrose, MA
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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Aug 8, 2020
Sunny P
Jul 19, 2020
Kyrie W
Jul 12, 2020
David Shen
2h 30m
Jun 20, 2020
David Yan
Nice trail, big rocks and mass pine grove that smells great in hot days 4.9mi — 2h 27m
May 5, 2020
Shea Mizuno
2h 41m
Mar 30, 2019
Agl T
Jan 27, 2019
Eric Stutman
3.2mi
Oct 14, 2018
Dustin Kerksieck
Aptly named tour of all the ledge in the east section of the Fells 4.2mi — 2h 30m