Explore the most popular birding trails in Middlesex Fells Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Would have probably been more fun going clockwise, but great trails. Easy to feel lost in nature right outside a city.

Not really hiking. A nice walk around the lake.

Very good place near Boston for a 3 hour hike, especially when you walk around the lakes closer to the water. The only issue was that we had to check with map literally every 5 minutes as this trail is a mix of various other trails and routes. This was a little inconvenient and did not allow us to completely relax and enjoy the hike. We even got lost a couple of times, so pay attention to the trail that you follow. . Honestly I have no idea how people can hike here without a map or app with tracker, it’s very easy to get lost:)

Good place for hiking, but it’s never considered as Hard, Moderate at most.

hiking
1 month ago

Overly complicated. Can get lost easily since the marks are not easily visible. You will hear road noise a lot as well.

Nice, peaceful hike. Not strenuous but the mileage makes it a good hike.

Well marked trails. Not really hiking yet not really a simple flat walk. I would say it’s on the high end of easy to the very low end of moderate. It was very nice but I have similar walks closer to my home so I personally wouldn’t go out of my way to go again.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great trail for running as it varies in difficulty as you go. There are some flat, easy spots but there are also some areas with rocks and roots that you have to dodge as you run up and downhill. Highly recommended!

hiking
2 months ago

I've hiked this trail several times. It is a short and easy hike to do but other than Long Pond, there isn't much to see. Last time I hike it was in fall for fall foliage so it was one of my more interesting hike.

hiking
2 months ago

This is one of the most scenic trail in the Middlesex Fells Reservation especially on the eastern side of the loop. The sunset from here is pretty spectacular as I've had a chance to catch a few. It is worth it to do the loop at the bulge at the top of the trail and extend the loop to over 3 miles. The tip of the bulge is quick scenic looking southward over South Reservoir.

hiking
2 months ago

Conveniently close to the city. Started at Bellevue pond and was able to pick up a map at the trail head- very helpful! Trail markers were mostly visible. however a few times I had to really search for them, but they were there. Good up and down mix. Definitely recommend. Was able to finish in 3.5 hrs.

A great day hike! parked at Upper Sheepfold. prepare for a good 3 to 3.5 hour hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Not too far from the city, great views of the skyline. Not too crowded, even on a gorgeous not-too-hot July Saturday. Ended up getting lost near Bear Hill but was able to find the trail again (it was a little annoying having to pull out the map/phone).

4 or 5 great spots with views of Melrose and Malden and even as far as Boston and Revere beach. Definitely a tough loop, very rocky and a lot of up and down. We took our time to a degree and total time was around 4 and a half hours. Managed to spot a deer and two owls also! Great trail overall and not too crowded mid afternoon

great trail!

trail running
3 months ago

great trail! there is everything I like. you have rocks, roots, singletrack, wider paths, great view from Wrights Tower. marked well. I didn't miss any mark during my first run there.

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed the diversity in elevation gain and descends. Agree that it is isolated however there are parts of the trail that intersect with others where we found ourselves yielding to cyclists. It was not too rocky. With a few tiny detours the hike ended up over 8 miles. Signage is sparse about two thirds of you hike counter clockwise. Hiked with a 21 lb backpack to train and hiked the trail in a little over 4 hours. Started on the trail at 5:40am to avoid the heat on the 4th of July and found myself faced with lots of relentless mosquitos despite repeated big spray application on my neck and hat. Long sleeves suggested. Despite bugs and some small lost moments, I really enjoyed the trail and feeling surrounded by forest. No real views but quiet and totally zen. Would hike it again!

hiking
3 months ago

So here’s the deal on the skyline loop trail (as of 6/2018): It’s a fun trail, nice that it’s so close to the city and the suburbs, but is mostly isolated. That being said, there are significant portions on the trail where the signage is either unclear or non-existent, which makes for an unpleasant experience, we had to pull out my phone to check the map and ensure we were still on course multiple times - I’d rather not be on my smartphone all the time on a hike. The trail markings are also inconsistent, with markings on trees and the ground regardless of whether you’re above the tree line or not. As a rule I think markings should be on trees below the tree line and on the ground above the tree line. Now only about 20-30% of the trail is like this, so for the most part it was fine. Overall, a nice trail but nothing memorable.

trail running
4 months ago

I run at the Fells frequently and Skyline is a good trail. Not marked that well in some spots as you get to the southern end of it. Definitely keep your pace expectations in check. Very technical in some spots so it leans on the more difficult side of "moderate" if you are running it for time. Probably the best trail in the Fells for a challenging hike.

A good easy hike when you don't have much time. The view over Spot Pond is simply breathtaking.

One of the best hiking trail in the Boston area. The views is absolutely incredible and the sunset is wonderful too. This trail is relatively short so I usually combine it with other trail.

I also seldom complete this trail without a detour up Bear Hill as well. I enjoy the climb and the view from Bear Hill tower. And other times, I combine it with the trail that goes through the Middle and South Reservoir as well.

well marked, great for running & mountain biking.

hiking
4 months ago

The west side is nicer

hiking
4 months ago

The classic here, nothing amazing but still worth doing if you can't get out of the city. The tower overlooking the city south, or up north, are the highlights

A nice stroll in a little wood. Nothing amazing but easy to reach from boston. Which trail you take doesn't matter much, and it's easy to "get lost" here

good little walk through the woods, but nothing too exciting. for mountain folk like us it was a bit mundane. No real hills or anything fun to climb. very easy

Many different trails. Followed skyline trail. Plenty of climbs. Good workout. Definitely recommend to bring good trail shoes or hiking boots, water. Trails are well marked.

Did this by accident because the rock circuit is poorly marked. Decent run.

pretty nice hike, paths aren't fully marked and lots of unleashed dogs.

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