So you might be curious to know what Hale is like, whether there’s any water in Hale to slake your thirst, or douse your briny jorts. Or perhaps whether your tires will be adequate or if they’ll melt off in the afternoon flames. There is really only one way to find out.
Warm up your rubbers on the trail systems of Cutler Park Reservation and Greendale Greenway before beginning your descent into the abyss of Hale Reservation. From Greendale you’ll take suburban streets southwestwards. There are a couple of coffee shops just off route on Great Plain avenue, ideal for filling bidons and a final snack.
You’ll gain a small unmarked trail into Hale off to your left on Wilsondale Street. Practice your bobbing and weaving down the rocky descents but try not to get bucked off so far from home. Hale has endless trails and if you’re feeling really good there are plenty of singletrack offshoots to explore. Once you’re well sleyed, follow mildly spicy trails through Ridge Hill Reservation to Wellesley where you can fuel up if your tank is running dry.
Once sated, glide back into Brookline along the glorious aqueducts where you’ll dodge chow chows and shelties. Pull up below Echo Bridge and give a shout to hear your own voice reflected back to you, confirming your existence.