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West Middlesex Fells Reservoir Trail

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Middlesex Fells Reservation

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.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 456 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

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.

hiking
off trail
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

We parked by Sheepfold path and ventured straight towards the highway and encountered a naked older man in broad daylight. I would advise families and anyone in the woods alone to stay on the Winchester part of the fells. The trail itself was great.

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

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.

hiking
Mon Nov 19 2018

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!

running
Sat Aug 25 2018

This is a great trail for running as it varies in difficulty as you go. There are some flat, easy spots but there are also some areas with rocks and roots that you have to dodge as you run up and downhill. Highly recommended!

Sat Apr 21 2018

pretty nice hike, paths aren't fully marked and lots of unleashed dogs.

hiking
Sun Nov 26 2017

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

hiking
Sun Oct 29 2017

Decent walk around the reservoir. It was a bit more challenging than I expected it to be. The trails were a bit hard to find at times but course correction wasn't difficult to get back on track. Parking is limited so get there early.

hiking
Sat Aug 26 2017

Great trail! Wish the signage was easier to read

hiking
Tue Aug 15 2017

Great easy hike, so green, so many cute dogs!

hiking
Wed Dec 28 2016

Nice trail, but runs close to roads and industrial buildings on some sections

walking
Mon Oct 24 2016

Easy quick walk for a lazy afternoon

hiking
Mon Oct 24 2016

We locked our bikes up near Gate 12, and started the hike from the south. Some parts of the trail are well marked with orange/red markers, other parts were a little harder to follow. The trail had some moderate parts that had some inclines and rocks, but it was overall easy-moderate. Surprisingly, the trail doesn't hug super close to the reservoirs, so you don't have water views most of the time. It was very nice though; it took us 2.75 hours at a regular pace.

hiking
Sun Oct 23 2016

A pleasant hike/walk. Well paved trail. We walked during most of the trail. There are frequent ups and downs. An easy hike. Pack a book, you'll find plenty of scenic sports to stop, picnic, relax and read a book.

mountain biking
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mountain biking
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