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12 days ago

Nice walk around the pond. Easy wide trail suitable for all seasons

hiking
1 month ago

This place has a lot to offer. Great history. Just knowing this is a key cog in the greater Boston waterworks operations is cool. The wind was blowing today and the spillway was a spill'in. It was magnifique! Loved the little side hikes up into the hills. Will see if I can hike thru the abandoned train tunnel next time! Spooky! Enjoy.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice parking spot at the trailhead, spaces for 5 cars or so. This puts you right on the reservoir. The Bay Circuit Trail runs along the carriage road but there is a more rustic trail option right down on the water. I did a bit of both. Plenty of birds along the way, woodpeckers, ducks, heron. I went all the way down to the dam which was cool to see. Jumped on Pine Hill Rd for the return then noticed a trail to my left which was a rustic carriage trail, some blowdown but nice, unexpected. This trail gets you to the top of Pine Hill then goes along the Harvard Univ property (they have a campus on the north side of the hill). Did a bit of bushwacking toward the end to avoid the road. One option is to stay on the carriage trail which would bring you to the Harvard access road or Parmenter Street. All good, this is a wonderful property.

Nice easy walk.

great local trail

3 months ago

Good place to walk the dogs. Nice rolling hills on one side of the pond.

4 months ago

walked this trail many times, easy to get to, easy to walk, great place to talk your dog.

4 months ago

Far too many dogs off leash. Rules need to be followed whether you agree or not. I shouldn't be deprived of walking a beautiful trail because people can't follow a very simple rule.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty nice area. When I was there with my family we were the only ones there. Definitely bring bug spray it was pretty buggy when we were there. The trail is easy and family friendly.

5 months ago

Upon arriving to Gates pond for the first time with my wife, our 4 year old, and our 1 year old, as we were setting up for the walk in the parking lot, a couple with a dog passed us heading towards the entrance. Once they reached the gate they stopped to take off the dogs leash. The dog immediately ran towards us and tackled my 4 year old daughter. I had to pull the dog off my daughter not knowing if the dog bit my daughter on the face or not. Very scary moment for me, my daughter didn’t know how to react other than tears because she didn’t know what just happened. The owners of the dog seemed more insulted that I touched their dog than anything else and did not take responsibility to why they even took the dogs leash off in the first place. After collecting ourselves together, no one was injured, my daughter was now afraid of dogs for the moment, we decided to continue on so that we don’t get hung up on some one else’s mistake. Not a good way to start a relaxing walk around a pond but whatever.

On the walk we couldn’t help but take notice that half the walkers on the path had dogs. More than half of the dogs were not leashed. Some unleashed dogs were small and posed no threat to anything, however there were 4 dogs that were large without leashes and posed a threat to even a full grown man like myself. Owners without leashes were sometimes close by (within feet from there dogs) while others were to so far we didn’t see the owners on the path only the dog.

There is a sign posted at the front gate to leash your dogs. Some owners did use leashes and were polite and respectful, while others (more than half of what we noticed this Sunday June 10 2018) treat the path as their own private property ignoring the posted rules of the trail.

I want to add that there were owners that were very respectful and friendly. One man let my daughter pet his dog, which we liked because she experienced what dog ownership with obedience and respect looked like.

Sadly we will not be returning any time soon even though the pond is beautiful and close by to our home. To many unleashed dogs.

Jeremy
Bolton, Ma

6 months ago

Lots of dog walkers here. So be prepared to meet some nice dogs and the folks with them. Overall a nice walk. There are some side trails worth exploring. If you are a hiker there are better options nearby such as Pisgah. If you are a birder or photographer there are woodpeckers, cranes, ducks, and occasional loon for you amusement.

walking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail and water view.

Nice short easy hike in the woods.

Ok not very long

7 months ago

Great for Dogs. Took my dog and she met a lot of dogs along the way

walking
9 months ago

Very enjoyable (about 1 hour) walk around the pond. Wide flat trail. We saw friendly people and dogs every few minutes and had plenty of time for private conversations. I will walk this trail again.

walking
10 months ago

This may as well be a dog park. Even though there are trash barrels provided, the majority of dog-walkers still do not pick up after their dogs. Or they do but then leave the bag of poop on the trail...

I don't mind well trained dogs running off leash but the entrance clearly states dogs *must* be leashed and few listen. Everyone seems to think their dog is a brilliant exception to the rules yet maintain little or no control of their pup.

Be prepared to be jumped on and sniffed/followed to the point that it's annoying. You won't get to see much of the beautiful pond views or look for barred owls; you'll be too busy looking out where you step. Don't bother trying to run or bike here. This used to be a great place to get some daily fresh air & exercise but a few irresponsible/inconsiderate users have ruined it for the rest.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Quick hike, nice in the winter!

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beautiful hike but very short, it took me less than 15 minutes to do, not something to plan your day around. The top is really nice and has a massive tree, it looks like something out of Harry Potter. There is a bench by the tree where you can sit and relax at the quiet summit.

Great trail for running, biking, walking your dog or any kind of experience. I went here for a bike ride and loved it. The trail is very clean and the soil is hard pack, making it a great bike trail. The trail goes along the railroad tracks the whole way making it easy to follow. There are some great side trails to explore when you cross Hopbrook Marsh Conservation. If you have time those are definitely worth checking out. Just a warning, right before you cross Union Avenue, the trail becomes too overgrown to continue and terminates long before the map says it does. There is still many miles of trail available before that so that shouldn't discourage you. I will definitely be returning to this trail again and I would definitely recommend it.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Very nice. Done have not picked up after their pets. Otherwise, easy and very pleasant.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This was a pretty walk, not too strenuous. Pretty pond, wildlife, tons of Pumpkinseed Sunfish. I passed by 8 dogs and owners and not one was leashed except my own dog.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Love walking this loop and the few small hills. Very disappointed with animal owners for leaving pet waste, both dog and horse. Seems to be getting worse as the summer progresses No excuse for this. Multiple containers located along trail and signs are posted throughout the trail. Why can't people be responsible?

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

This hike is one of those urban gems - the chance to feel like you're in deep woods while you're in the center of an urbanized area. Added bonus is the loop to the summit of Mt. Ward, really just a large hill, which gives you some elevation gain for extra exercise, and has a pleasant bench under a curious-looking old maple tree at its summit. This version of the trail starts and ends from a nice little parking area with a trailhead map station. You'll find the trailhead parking on the driveway just to the left of the Alltop Mobile gas station on Rt. 20 (Boston Post Road) across from The Home Depot and Dunkin Donuts.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Much better to start at the actual trailhead which is next to the Nissan-Toyota dealership storage lot behind the Alltop gas station on Rt 20 (Boston Post Road). Look for the driveway to the left of the gas station next to the car wash. Trailhead with a nice parking lot is just before the dealership lot on the right.

Starting from there adds just 1/2 mile each way, but gives you a decent place to park, and there's a trail map there that you can photograph with your phone to help. This trail joins the Mount Ward loop at the gas line cut-through (the long straight section in the map here). You turn right at the gas line clearing and then watch carefully for a trail sign pointing left and up Mt. Ward.

Coming back can be a bit confusing. After descending Mt. Ward you'll come back to the gas line cut-through, but at a different point. Follow the gas line until shortly after crossing a little three-log bridge you'll see a trail to the left. That's the trail back to the parking lot that you came in on. Turn left and then immediately you come to a T where you could go either way. it's not marked, but turning right here takes you back to the parking lot

For a full map of my route, see my recording attached to this trail.

walking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great place to walk. Pretty easy with some mildly inclined stretches. Nearly 100% of the walk has water views. Unfortunately fair amount of dog waste is not picked up by owners which detracts from beauty if the area especially closer to the parking area. Fairly popular location.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Google maps gave bad directions. Dumped on too gas pipeline before finding trail. Trail looks like it was marked for another starting point. Hike was bad.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Love this place and so does my dog!!!

walking
Monday, March 06, 2017

This was a great trail! It loops around the pond and it's a beautiful spot! I got a decent exercise from the 2+ miles and a few hills! Great place to walk your dog in the metro west area! :)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

very scenic and fairly easy walk. can get a tad busy.

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