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 Belmont, 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.

Length2.5 miElevation gain32 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a nice paved 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. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (all 5% or less) so most wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller users will likely be able to navigate the trail.

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.

By bike you can follow bike lanes on Concord and Huron Ave and you will find bike racks at the reservation. By bus you can take #72 route from Harvard Station down Huron Ave to the Parkway. By subway take the redline to Alewife Station. Turn onto Alewife Brook Parkway and walk by the shopping centers to cross Concord Ave near the shell station to reach the reservation. By car take the 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. Again, there is no parking available for non-Cambridge residents.

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N Pham
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Joe Scala
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Great place to walk in Cambridge you can lose yourself a monks nature very crowded with dogs though

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bill lin
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Don Rudy
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Joseph Zhou
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Pat MacHugh
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Very busy, lovely walk around the reservoir. Everyone was observing good hygiene practices. We felt safe and had a good time.

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Anna Venne
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Parking sucked. Must be a Cambridge resident. Very busy trail, but a beautiful day.

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N Pham
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Laura Brown
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Sagar Chhangawala
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Pito Salas
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Nice walk. A little busy

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bill lin
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erwin ramos
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Antonio F Mondragon
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Alex Fusco
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Great for running.

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Sagar Chhangawala
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Neil Hanlon
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Nicole Steck
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an easy, partly paved but entirely very flat trail. more of a nature walk than a hike. lovely!

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Neil Hanlon
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Alex Domingo
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Chill

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Sagar Chhangawala
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great quick walk

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Christina Minenna
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Super fun! So surprisingly beautiful and nature-y. We’ll definitely be back for another walk/a bike ride.

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Michael Cairone
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Was near by after trying another trail so I figured to do a quick loop. Lots of people walking on the weekends. Still a simple nice scenic trail.

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Lauren Noseworthy
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If you come here and you are not a Cambridge resident, come on Sunday when you won’t get a parking ticket. My dog and I enjoyed this walk around the water. The beach area was closed but we were still able to go in so he could cool off in the water. It’s a short walk and good if you live close and don’t want to dedicate half a day to hiking. We will probably go here again.

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Brenda Giblin
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Nice easy walk, open space

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joce beecher
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great for running or walking dogs! a great little escape from the city. be aware that on site parking is for cambridge residents only.

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Marci Cemenska
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Nice walk around the reservoir and then you can go to Whole Foods. There are many off leash dogs at this park but in general, they seem friendly. It is a stretch to call it a trail - it is all paved. There aren't great views or anything. It is a nice place to walk and not be bothered by cars zooming by.

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Maya Milic-Strkalj
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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.

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

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Shelby Subry
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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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