Pearce Lake and Upper Pond Trail

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

4.9 miles
652 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

road biking

trail running







over grown


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.

1 month ago

Incredibly beautiful, great views,must go

3 months ago

Great hike! I would’ve never thought I’d find a quality hike this close to Boston. Ridge Trail is the way to go — especially up to Castle Rock.

5 months ago

Overall good trails. We did not do exactly the marked trail and that is b/c it is difficult to follow the trails here as they are not very well marked. Despite that, the trails are well maintained, cross the paved main trail often and make for enjoyable hiking/walking. The main trail is heavily trafficked but the unpaved side trails are more secluded. There are great stretches for off leash time for the pup and great swimming for him as well. Definitely worth coming here again.

6 months ago

I tried a new trail today -Fox run trail -A very pleasant trail that goes up a small
hill and then ends up at a pond. The beauty of Breakheart is that most of the hikers stay on the paved road and very few hikers use the unpaved trails. A very nice spot

6 months ago

Great escape so near the city.

6 months ago

This is a great spot .This is 3rd visit. Break heart Hill is an easy climb and you can see great views of Boston. The Saugus River trail is off the beaten path but great little stroll along the river. Plenty of easy paved trails for kids and seniors .

7 months ago

hike and bike options throughout this park. Caught Smallmouth and largemouth bass, and sunfish using lures in the afternoon on Silver Lake.

7 months ago

7 months ago

A nice walk in partial nature, unfortunately a lot of the trails in here are paved over. But when you walk around the lake and get away from the asphalt, it is a very beautiful sight.

9 months ago

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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!).

Monday, June 27, 2016

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016


trail running
Friday, May 27, 2016

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Loved everything about this hidden gem near Boston.

Monday, April 18, 2016

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

Saturday, April 09, 2016

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.

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