Quabbin Reservoir Gates 11-12 Loop Trail

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Amherst, Massachusetts

Quabbin Reservoir Gates 11-12 Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Amherst, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length5.6 miElevation gain718 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningBeachForestLakeRiverViewsWildlifeNo dogs
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Brenda Dean
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Hiking

Beautiful quiet day snowshoeing after the snow. Wildlife & open trail. Perhaps a longer hike in Spring or Fall

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Herkus Rudzinskas
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Hiking

Awesome, except for the last half mile or so on the highway

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Bo Mack
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Hiking

Excellent woods roads.

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Ellen McCormack
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Amelita User
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Hiking

This is a great, well-maintained trail. It is easy in the sense that you can follow it easily, but it is a challenge in the sense that the first half is all downhill and the second half is all uphill!

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Bo Mack
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Hiking

Wonderful. Lot of streams.

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Bo Mack
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Hiking

Beautiful. Passed through harvested areas.

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Michael Marley
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Hiking

Great easy hike with lots of rivers and a spot on the Quabbin where a river mouth meets the reservoir.

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Bo Mack
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Hiking

5 miles down 11 then a bit towards gate 10 governors woods road then back to 11.

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Laura Nooney
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Hiking

Nice, wide trail. Great beach for a picnic. Only came across a few other hikers.

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Tracy Kenniff
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Hiking

Looking forward to next summer to spend time on the little beaches.

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David Cavanaugh
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Hiking

Great trail with many off-shoot opportunities. Nice late fall trail.

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Susan Mulvaney
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Beautiful day for a walk along this trail. The foliage was spectacular and the bonus was a beautiful small beach surrounded by gorgeous fall color. My favorite hike of the year!

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Eva George
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery and bonus festival toilet about a third of the way around.

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Hazel Davis
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Hiking

Day was really windy and you could hear the waves from the Quabbin on the trail above! Saw more people this time but everyone very respectful about social distancing

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Hazel Davis
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Hiking

Make sure to go well before sunset - is much darker under the trees. Trail is more of loose gravel, and where you split off to meet the reservoir not well marked. Trail makes a Y where you go left to keep to gate 12 (didn’t do because saw reviews that say you walk along road) and right to go down to a small clearing with a Porta Potty. On one of the trees in this clearing you see a sign 11-3: you can follow this path down to the beach. Really beautiful view and kept really clean! We followed the same way back up (recording is only one way) and certainly will be a workout on the way back up as is pretty steady incline the whole way up!

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Brandon S
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Hiking

Cannot park on street in pelham but the police officer on duty told me as long as all four tires are off the asphalt I wouldnt be towed. If you are still nervous there is an entrance with a dirt parking area on schutesbury rd.

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Robert Thrasher
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what a great hike. wish I had picked a better day

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Jessica Moore
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Hiking

Pleasant walk until the stretch of Route 202. I’d recommend doubling back after enjoying the water.

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Josh Gibbs
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Hiking

Decent trail! Only bad thing is you have to walk on rt. 202

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Mandi Vanoostveen
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nice walk and the trail is clearly marked. beautiful spot to view the water. the only downfall is from marker 12 to 11 there is no path, you have to walk back on the side of the road with no sidewalk.

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Scott Siege
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Hiking

Nice hike. A little buggy. Nice wide trails make for easy physical distancing.

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Kathryn Zazzera
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Hiking

Nice long walk/hike with strong incline. Chilly today, on a warmer day id spend more time at the bottom.

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Andrea Rogers
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JD Wilkinson
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Hiking

Not as much of a hike but a really nice walk through the woods. The Quabbin beach front is a little gem. Beautiful spot to take a break and relax. The rock walls on the Gate 11 road we’re really cool to look at - get to walk thru a piece of Quabbin history.

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Mona Chasse Cyr
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Hiking

We prefer more of a scenic hike. This was a gravel/access roadway straight down with rock walls on either side. At bottom you get to a small portion of reservoir with cute little beach and then straight up. We prefer traversing trails in woods. It’s a good conditioning trail

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Raymond Gudaitis
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Hiking

not a bad walk the app stopped working after I paused for lunch

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Brent McDermott
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Running

Well groomed and marked, the trail allows you to enjoy the foliage without worrying about getting lost or rolling your ankle.

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Rick Rose
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if you hike gate 12 to 11 you'll need to take a right on bugbee stream Rd at bottom of hill or you'll end up at a dead end of former logging operation.also an outhouse at waters edge for fisherman .

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Dan Casagrande
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Hiking

Good. Nice walking trail.

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