Fresh Pond Reservation Loop Trail

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Fresh Pond Reservation Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cambridge, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 32 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is a nice walk around the 155 acre Fresh Pond Reservoir. There is one main path around the pond with options for short side trails. There are three main entrances at Alewife Brook, The Cambridge Water Works and Glacken Field but you need to be a Cambridge resident to park here.

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12 days ago

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20 days ago

Easy flat trail with pretty views of the pond. Good swimming place for dogs at Little Fresh Pond along the trail. Parking is a little annoying if not a resident.

1 month ago

this is a gem of a hike the mist of an urban area

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3 months ago

You have to be a Cambridge resident to go to this park unless you park on the outskirts of the street on Sundays. Otherwise nice trail to walk on a Sunday afternoon. Very dog friendly but most are off leash because they can be.

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3 months ago

The nicest bit of nature in this part of town. Bikable but got to keep an eye out for hikers.

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5 months ago

Edible plant walk with Boston Young Members AMC.

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6 months ago

DONT COME HERE UNLESS YOURE A CAMBRIDGE RESIDENT - there is no parking anywhere for people who arent residents. I wouldnt call this a dog friendly trail. The "trail" around the pond is completely paved (super hot in the summer for paws), and is not suitable for off leash as some people have commented - there are signs everywhere forbidding it, and there are so many bikers on the trail I wouldnt risk it. The actual fresh pond is a water reserve and completely fenced off. halfway through the trail there is a baby pond adjacent to the golf course you will see, and they left a tiny access for dogs to jump in -granted if you are a cambridge resident only. I wouldn't recommend this trail unless you want super easy, paved, no-view, bug ridden walking.

walking
8 months ago

Great walk on a sunny day. Slightly breezy which makes it comfortable. Wouldn’t expect to find it in the middle of such a populated spot but it’s fairly secluded. Not the best for riding bikes as the path is somewhat narrow.

walking
Fri Oct 26 2018

Easy loop with benches and pretty views. Makes for a nice constitutional when in town. Lots of dog walkers, joggers somewhat distracting - but hey, it's in a city.

Fri Oct 26 2018

Very nice stroll with benches along the walkway. Dogs seemed to be allowed off leash

Sat Sep 29 2018

parking is a pain, the pond is chained off and the area around it is not the nicest. would only go here if I lived within a few blocks.

hiking
Sat Aug 25 2018

I’m on this trail everyday on weekdays. It’s a beautiful loop that’s fairly easy. Parking inside can be a pain if you aren’t a Cambridge resident. But there’s plenty of street parking if you come from Concord ave. It isn’t a moderate trail; it’s definitely an easy one.

walking
Sun Aug 12 2018

This is a lovely walk around the fenced Fresh Pond reservoir. There’s a cute little dogs-only swimming area at Little Fresh Pond. Dogs are supposed to be on leash the rest of the walk, but unfortunately, most folks ignore that and let their dogs run loose. Not sure why it’s rated moderate here; the main trail is flat as a pancake and paved! A very nice walk for a day when you can’t get out of the city.

hiking
Thu May 24 2018

Not the biggest fine,but if you are in the area, why not?

Sun Jul 16 2017

As close as you can get to nature without leaving the city. Free parking in the lot with a Cambridge city sticker. Has a "dog beach" in the marsh about halfway through the loop. Lots of dogs off leash if that's a draw, or a drawback, for you!

walking
Sun May 28 2017

The Fresh Pond Reservation Loop was a nice walk on a beautiful day. It was good to experience a more secluded area in Cambridge and there were plenty of people utilizing the trail, although it was not crowded. Around 85-90% of the trail is paved.

walking
Fri Aug 19 2016

This is my home base. Not easy to find a closed off space in the city. Lots of dogs, birdwatchers, runners, bikes, etc. four seasons of getting off the roads. Parking is tough for non residents.

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