Belmont Conservation Land - Trail, Waltham, Massachusetts

Belmont Conservation Land - Trail, Waltham, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

A great aerobic workout with a lot of short, steep, hills. Trail has some nice technical singletrack sections but they don't last for a long time. I live within a 10 minute ride so I love the convenience. Also, there's a lot of poison ivy so be careful if you're sensitive.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 30, 2011]
noreasterbackcountry
Cross Country Rider

The trails here consist of mostly smooth singletrack with a few drops, and rock gardens mixed in. This trail system has seen a lot of expansion and improvement in the last couple of years, and with the expansion of the Western Greenway will likely see more. Stretching from behind the Shaws in Belmont Center around to Rock Meadow, through the Belmont Conservation Lands and then around to the Storer Conservation Lands, you can find nearly 20 miles of singletrack riding. My favorite sections include the singletrack descent on the hill to the southeast of McLean Hospital, the descent above the ballfields on the Trapelo Road side of the large water tower, as well as the section between Trapelo Road and the Lexington Street projects. The trails are well maintained, lack major erosion and generally don't see a lot of traffic.

Customer Service

Start from the Rock Meadow parking lot off of Mill Street. Go up the hill toward the Highland Meadow Cemetery first. Check out some singletrack on the hill to the southeast of McLean Hospital. Next, work back across Mill Street to Rock Meadow. Find the singletrack sections in the northern corner and cross the wooden bridge over sizeable stream into the Belmont Conservation lands. There's a maze ofsingletrack that you can run with minimal backtracking. The best descent from the water tower is on the Trapelo Road side of the hill. Next, exit the park near Metropolitan Parkway, re-enter woods 100 yards down the hill. Start following signs for Western Greenway. This trail re-emerges at Walnut Street. Re-enter the woods 30 yards down the hill on the other side of Walnut. This trail brings you past Falzone Park, crossing Trapelo Road next to the mega-church parking lot. Stay right at the next trail junctions and bang a left after your second bridge crossing. Down a hill behind the projects, exiting onto Lexington St. Two streets south at the YMCA, enter the woods again on the right. Exit the woods crossing below the high school onto the Storer Conservation Lands.

Similar Products Used:

Burlington Landlocked Forest, Middlesex Fells, Whipple Hill

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Jan 22, 2006]
andiwm
Cross Country Rider

good trail for evenings. not worth to go there if you have to drive there by car. fells is better. but if you live close buy it is surprisingly good. pictures on my website: http://web.mac.com/andiwm2003/iWeb/BiketrailBelmont/Trail%20Pics%201.html

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3
VALUE
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3
[Jul 16, 2003]
tmorash
Cross Country Rider

When I used to live in Watertown, I would ride these trails 3-4 times a week. While it is not a trail that I would recommend going out of your way to try out, it is a great after work workout for those in riding distance. Very few technical sections and only one decent hill (can be climbed on several trails). Nevertheless, a good place to keep you sharp.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Jun 08, 1999]
Rich

Everything "Chris" said is true.

Customer Service

Good trail. One note though, the trail is in Belmont. Enter in the back of the Belmont Star Market.

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4
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[Jun 08, 1999]
gb

Rode this trail twice a week for two years. kinda fast single-track, nuthin special. Great cardio-trail if you live close to it. Couple good ups and downs. The hill close to star is the longest either way.

Customer Service

Up the hill from Star, past 1 watertower, down the back , cross the road to the park and up to that water tower. Note - about halfway up the trail to the second water tower (going up from the school side) is a trial that cuts straight down the ridge line there. Kinda short but REAL steep and fun.

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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[Jun 14, 1999]
joe pitts

Start at the entrance to the fire road behind the Star Market. The hill slopes upward over a mixture gravel, rocks and ruts. The road moves upward past a hairpin turn. Erosion scars the trail and some sections are strewn with rocky deposits that make for challenging climbing. The hill tests lungs and stamina. The climb gets easier once past the school. The trail loops around a water tower where broken beer bottles can present a flat hazard. Once past the water tower take a sharp left. This leads to a small but steep climb that allows you a short but fun descent down over a small stream bridge. Bear to the right and work your way up to the eis ride to you only do it soon. The site is slated for development.

Customer Service

Up Hill behind Star Market . Passing school,Hospitalfields

Similar Products Used:

Middlesexfells, Lynn Woods,

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3
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[Jun 15, 1999]
John

This is a great place to just fly around in.I have been riding here a few years just for a quick ride and still enjoy it.You can not get lost so just ride.Some times people are walking around to relax and get fresh air so try to be polite.These people of Belmont are the reason the area is still there, and they don't mind bikers.

Customer Service

Like everybody say's the Star Market is the best place to Park.Cross the street and up the old fire road.

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The roads around Lincoln,Concord,and Weston are very nice and quiet.Check them out

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3
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[Jun 29, 2000]
Eric

Careful in the fields of Rock Meadow. It lives up to its name. I hit jagged rocks just under the grass in a straight-away and shattered my wrist in the crash. These rocks are everywhere! Nice workout, though.

Customer Service

All trails behind Star Market. Stay on through behind the hospital and over Mill St. into Rock Meadow.

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Natick/Wellesley line. Take 135 West just past Wellesley College entrance and right before Natick town line. See Pond road on left. Trails are on Pond road on the lefthand side. Stay clear of "No Bike" trails. These are the ones near the college that run around Lake Waban.

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3
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[Aug 29, 2000]
Ken

This trail is a ten minute ride from my house. Its great to ride every feww days after work for a good workout. The hill directly after you enter in front of star is a fun climb, and a blast to shoot down when your done.

Customer Service

Up the long hill in the back of Star,around the water tower, Down and around the rocky meadow, and back down the hill to Star. Make sure to ride the singletrack paths off to the left on the long hill on the way back down.

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3
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[Jun 02, 2001]
Ken

If youd like to see some pics of this place see my web site at www.scion.org

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4
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