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Belmont Conservation Land

Average Rating:    (3.07 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

A great aerobic workout with a lot of short, steep, hills. Trail has some nice technical singletrack sections but they don't last for a long time. I live within a 10 minute ride so I love the convenience. Also, there's a lot of poison ivy so be careful if you're sensitive.
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Latitude
42.39985106032213
Longitude
-71.19492530822754
Trail Directions
Enter in the back of the Star Market parking lot. Take the fireroad to the left up the hill. It's a lung burner.
Trail Length
6-10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Waltham
   


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Review Date
November 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: noreasterbackcountry ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The trails here consist of mostly smooth singletrack with a few drops, and rock gardens mixed in. This trail system has seen a lot of expansion and improvement in the last couple of years, and with the expansion of the Western Greenway will likely see more. Stretching from behind the Shaws in Belmont Center around to Rock Meadow, through the Belmont Conservation Lands and then around to the Storer Conservation Lands, you can find nearly 20 miles of singletrack riding. My favorite sections include the singletrack descent on the hill to the southeast of McLean Hospital, the descent above the ballfields on the Trapelo Road side of the large water tower, as well as the section between Trapelo Road and the Lexington Street projects. The trails are well maintained, lack major erosion and generally don't see a lot of traffic.

Recommended Route:
Start from the Rock Meadow parking lot off of Mill Street. Go up the hill toward the Highland Meadow Cemetery first. Check out some singletrack on the hill to the southeast of McLean Hospital. Next, work back across Mill Street to Rock Meadow. Find the singletrack sections in the northern corner and cross the wooden bridge over sizeable stream into the Belmont Conservation lands. There's a maze ofsingletrack that you can run with minimal backtracking. The best descent from the water tower is on the Trapelo Road side of the hill. Next, exit the park near Metropolitan Parkway, re-enter woods 100 yards down the hill. Start following signs for Western Greenway. This trail re-emerges at Walnut Street. Re-enter the woods 30 yards down the hill on the other side of Walnut. This trail brings you past Falzone Park, crossing Trapelo Road next to the mega-church parking lot. Stay right at the next trail junctions and bang a left after your second bridge crossing. Down a hill behind the projects, exiting onto Lexington St. Two streets south at the YMCA, enter the woods again on the right. Exit the woods crossing below the high school onto the Storer Conservation Lands.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Burlington Landlocked Forest, Middlesex Fells, Whipple Hill



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Review Date
January 22, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: andiwm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
good trail for evenings. not worth to go there if you have to drive there by car. fells is better.

but if you live close buy it is surprisingly good.

pictures on my website:

http://web.mac.com/andiwm2003/iWeb/BiketrailBelmont/Trail%20Pics%201.html



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Review Date
July 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: tmorash ,  Cross Country Rider , from Boston, MA

Summary:
When I used to live in Watertown, I would ride these trails 3-4 times a week. While it is not a trail that I would recommend going out of your way to try out, it is a great after work workout for those in riding distance. Very few technical sections and only one decent hill (can be climbed on several trails). Nevertheless, a good place to keep you sharp.



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Review Date
November 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike Shea

Summary:
I gave this trail one star out of five. See my detailed review for this and other trails along with my GPS-generated maps at http://24.147.58.236/sheahome



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Review Date
September 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: DrainO , from MA

Summary:
Boring, nothing technical, broken glass.

Recommended Route:
Just don't ride here it is a waste of time.
I went because it was so close to home, and the other reviews are OK - but it is LAME

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Hills, Fells, Lynn Woods, Kingdom Trails ...



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