Pearce Lake and Upper Pond Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Pearce Lake and Upper Pond Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saugus, MA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.9 miles 819 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wildlife

over grown

rocky

Great trail and nice fishing with kids. There is a beach for you to relax at and from the top of your climbs you will have great views over the lakes and to the skyscrapers of Boston in the distance. There are a lot of trails that criss-cross the area so use the track in this guide carefully to find your way but don't worry as there is always a paved road within about a quarter mile of you if you ever do get off track and there are plenty of signs, trail markers and even rangers to guide you.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trails, but not a lot of signs so a little easy to get turned around. Low traffic though, very pretty and surprisingly mostly secluded. Not too difficult but not super easy either. Overall good hike for a few hours with some cool climbs and views

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful place to hike! There are so many trails that crisscross all over the reservation--it can be an easy jaunt or a more challenging climb to the top of Hill. The dogs love jumping into the lake, and just last week we saw a deer running ahead of us on the trail. Trails are well marked -- we walk through here in all seasons and for the last 3 years we've done a morning Christmas walk (surprisingly there were quite a few people!).

4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

5 months ago

a little crowded on the weekends, but free parking and a real bathroom at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome!

5 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Absolutely love this place! I run these trails weekly. Highly recommend Taking the Ridgeline Trail to Castle Rock and work your way over to the blue blazed Lake trail and on up to Eagle Rock. Amazing views of Boston skyline, Wakefield, Melrose, Saugus, Lynnfield and reservation.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun! Particularly if you dip off of the trails and climb higher!

6 months ago

An oasis in the Boston area. Great hike and beautiful scenery.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Loved everything about this hidden gem near Boston.

hiking
7 months ago

I was hiking when it is spring, very easy, good for senior and kids. Got lake and lot of trees.

walking
7 months ago

Good beginner spot.

As another poster mentioned, the main "trail" is paved. However, they do have unpaved trails that branch off of the paved loop as well.

The Ridge trail is excellent as it offers some uphill hiking (very easy level) and rewards with views of the Boston skyline. Plus, as it branches off from the paved loop and then later rejoins it, there are signs that will get you onto the right trail if you go without a map.

Three out of five stars for being a solid place for walking and hiking for beginners.

NOTE: I have no personal experience with this, but have been told multiple times to stay out at night as it could be dangerous. I have no evidence of this claim, but would recommend generally avoiding hiking at night anyways. Also, as you'll be able to tell by the fire pits, crushed beer cans, and broken bottles in some of the clearings on some of the trails, this is a popular place for Wakefield high schoolers to hang out and drink at night. I'd wish they'd clean up after, but I know I probably wouldn't have at their age.

hiking
8 months ago

Great pet and family friendly park. Because the park is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, I found the peace and quiet hard to come by. However, I found being off the paved path to be the most enjoyable. If you want low traffic and quiet, hike the blue blaze along the edge of the lake as well as ridge trail. The one thing I did not like is the amount of trash in the park. Please take out what you take in.

hiking
8 months ago

Ok. Too much paved road.

hiking
9 months ago

walking
10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

clean and friendly walk