West Middlesex Fells Reservoir Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stoneham, 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 April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.7 miElevation gain456 ftRoute typeLoop
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This route will take you along the wider, more popular walking path called the Reservoir Trail around the bulk of reservoirs on the west side of I-93. This path keeps you closer to the water bodies than the other paths in the reservation and the path is preferred by the casual walker who just wants some away time from the city in the woods.

Map of the area http://www.fells.org/visit/map.cfm Friends of the Fells Homepage http://www.fells.org/

From Boston get off I-93 at exit 33 and head north on the Fellsway until you see the entrance for the parking area.

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Brandon Cates
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Great hike. Lots of pups to play with on trail and at the park

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Cori Oliver
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Loved it!

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Cori Oliver
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Loved it!!!

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Alex Roldan
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Archuan Hu
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Richard George
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Poor map keeps jumping between unmarked trails and no trail at all.

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Rylan Tang
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Antonio F Mondragon
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nikki roberto
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easy loop and the pups were happy! some parts are relatively crowded on the weekends, so avoid if you’re looking to be away from people.

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Julie Krieger
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Meredith Giesting
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Beautiful fall foliage

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Chase Hall
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Saige Leslie
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People need to respect the area and clean up their trash. A lot of plastic bottles and wrappers. Otherwise it’s beautiful, fun to get lost on and easy to find your way back on. Fairly moderate/easy hike.

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Nicholas Visocchi
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Anna Caissie
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Alex Grayson
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Really beautiful loop trail that has multiple entry points. Hiking shoes/boots are nice to have on this one but you could definitely do it in running shoes. Stepping on rocks and roots along the way but never feels too strenuous. We entered at 9am and it took us just under 3 hours to do the full loop at a relaxed pace. Didn’t feel too busy at all. Long stretches of trail to ourselves. 95% of people had masks and were good at putting them on when passing by. The odd mountain biker coming through—they’re pretty respectful of hikers. Plenty of room to step aside if need be. Just a great spot to get amongst the trees and take in views of the reservoirs. Feels very peaceful along most of the trail :)

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Scott Wilson
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luciane Schons da Fonseca
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Emily Smith
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Liz Creason
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A beautiful area outside the city and well marked trails. The orange trail was difficult and dangerous to hike at certain points because it is narrow and popular with mountain bikers. The wider dam roads were pleasant to walk but unclear if it was open to public use or not. Parking lots were all full mid-day on a Sunday in March. Plenty nice but I wouldn’t call it peaceful and likely will look for something more secluded in the future.

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Tristyn Sepersky
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This trail is gorgeous, but at times very poorly marked. There are numerous reviews with different distances for this trail because it’s very easy to lose your way. Besides that, it’s beautiful and enjoyable.

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Aly Humphreys
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Absolutely perfect weather, no bugs, we’ll marked/maintained trail!

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Ashley Kealos
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Great trail for an afternoon hike! It was mostly wooded, providing lots of shade. We are beginner hikers and this was a great easy to moderate trail. It took us 3 hours to complete.

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Dylan Holck
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Trail was well kept — took us a little less than three hours to complete. It is on the moderate-side it easy — a fair amount of up and down, so your legs will feel it (in a good way) if you are a beginner hiker. There aren’t very many beautiful views, but it’s a really nice way to get out of the city and into the woods. Bugs were pretty minimal in late May but they do exist, we would bring bug spray next time.

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dingfang zhou
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We made a little detour in the woods and found at least five snakes in the woods. Most of them are sleeping.Kind of scary. Stay on the main road if you are not a fan of snakes.

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Bob Simek
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Great property, wish I lived closer. Decided to "peakbag" as many of the hills as possible. Started clockwise across the North Reservoir dam to Bear Hill (climbed the lookout tower) then over to Winthrop before witnessing a wonderful engagement proposal on the ledge near Wanapanaquin Hill. That was really sweet, took some pix for them as the lighting was perfect! Turned south from there to Gerry Hill then across the dog play area to a series of no-name hills before returning to car. A bit of bushwacking on this trek but it was easy. Lovely all around!

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Adam Graham
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Would’ve been a great ride had my chain not broken in the first 10 min.

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Jordyn Tommasi
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Attempted to do the skyline trail and got lost.. ended up with the reservoir trail. Not bad but the trails were not marked well at all

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Gillian Corcoran
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Hiking

Great morning hike. Beautiful views of reservoirs. Keep an eye out to follow sineage!

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