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Charlie McClelland
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42

mi

km

Distance

distance

75

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

7

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

10

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

2.1"

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

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dirty southwest

by
par
Charlie McClelland
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Distance

Distance

42

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

75

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

7.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

10

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

2.1"

Difficulty

difficulté

Intermediate

description

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all...

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.

route created on
9/6/20
  • Hidden entrance to Cutler Park Reservation 
  • Singletrack on the Greendale Greenway
  • The vast collection of trails at Hale where one could easily spend the better part of a day
  • There’s no drinking water in Hale and swimming in Noanet Pond requires a $5 fee and advance reservation (huh?!)
  • Few if any rest stops in the vicinity of Hale so stock up before entering.
  • Echo Bridge in Brookline 
  • Colorful graffiti in the tunnels entering Cutler
  • Jamaica Pond at sunrise and/or Chestnut Hill Reservoir at sunset bookend this ride
  • Start in Brookline at Brothers & Sisters (or Kupel’s if it’s super early)
  • End at Lulu’s in Allston for some premium ales on the outdoor patio 
  • Quebrada Bakery in Wellesley after emerging from Hale 
  • Hazel’s Bakery (closes at 2pm) and Dunks are just off route before entering Hale.
Tricky rocks and roots.
Cutler Park

highlights

  • Hidden entrance to Cutler Park Reservation 
  • Singletrack on the Greendale Greenway
  • The vast collection of trails at Hale where one could easily spend the better part of a day

what to know

  • There’s no drinking water in Hale and swimming in Noanet Pond requires a $5 fee and advance reservation (huh?!)
  • Few if any rest stops in the vicinity of Hale so stock up before entering.

points of interest

  • Echo Bridge in Brookline 
  • Colorful graffiti in the tunnels entering Cutler
  • Jamaica Pond at sunrise and/or Chestnut Hill Reservoir at sunset bookend this ride

food / hydration

  • Start in Brookline at Brothers & Sisters (or Kupel’s if it’s super early)
  • End at Lulu’s in Allston for some premium ales on the outdoor patio 
  • Quebrada Bakery in Wellesley after emerging from Hale 
  • Hazel’s Bakery (closes at 2pm) and Dunks are just off route before entering Hale.

terrain

Tricky rocks and roots.

route map

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