four ponds

by
par
Matthew Tschiegg
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35

mi

km

Distance

distance

45

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

4.5

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

1

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

40 mm

Suggested Tire Size

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four ponds

by
par
Matthew Tschiegg
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Distance

Distance

35

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

45

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

4.5

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

1

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

40 mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Intermediate

description

la description

The Four Ponds route starts up a rather steep hill into Franklin Park and then meanders through the bulk of the park on various types of terrain

After exiting Franklin Park, use the crosswalk to get on a somewhat discrete Canterbury Street. Be mindful of your behavior here, as there is a correctional facility that doesn’t appreciate tomfoolery 😉

After navigating through the backroads, hidden woods, and gradual hills of Hyde Park – you will enter into the forest near a private day-camp.  At the end of this short segment, you will reach an interstate crossing. Be careful because  motorists may not be expecting people on bikes.

Eventually you dip back into the Blue Hills, which follows a sandy pipeline trail towards a pedestrian bridge. The riding turns a bit technical but quickly eases up into a long section of gravel around Ponkapoag Pond. Keep an eye out for the DCR pavilion after crossing over to the Houghton Pond area. You will need that water for a tough gravel climb over the next section of the hills.

After traversing the steep and gravely Blue Hills segment, you eventually descend down into the woods over an abandoned highway. Once you’ve cleared the decaying interchange pavement, it’s a straight ride through the swampy Neponset River Reservation.  

The final leg of the route takes you through the scenic Stonybrook Reservation – complete with beautiful gravel and a picturesque swimming hole. Keep an eye out for fun singletrack off-shoots if you’re looking for a more technical adventure. After Stonybrook, you’ll roll over some hills back into Jamaica Plain over some hills and through the Arboretum.

**Special Note (6/1/20)

The DCR bath house pavilion is closed due to COVID-19. Bathrooms and water are inaccessible at this time.

route created on
6/26/20
  • Swimming!
  • Lots of abandoned stuff including highways, DCR parks, animal cages and various ruins.
  • 45% gravel by distance – an impressive feat given how close to the city it is.
  • Visits wooded areas not typically frequented by people on bikes (Sherin Woods and Stonybrook).
  • There is challenging rocky terrain, so be careful and dismount if you don’t feel comfortable.
  • The path through the day camp is private property – be considerate when traveling through.
  • The Neponset River Reservation might be swampy with heavy rains.
  • Franklin Park abandoned bear cages and Schoolmaster Hill.
  • The secret Sherin Woods.
  • The abandoned I-95 interchange.
  • Swampy Neponset river trail.
  • Abandoned DCR children’s park full of graffiti (and glass!).
  • Warm swimming at Turtle Pond.
  • The DCR bath house pavilion is a great place to refill water around the halfway point.
  • Coffee, bagels, and tacos bookend this ride, but of course, patronize any place you like!
rocky-medium rooty-seldom
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highlights

  • Swimming!
  • Lots of abandoned stuff including highways, DCR parks, animal cages and various ruins.
  • 45% gravel by distance – an impressive feat given how close to the city it is.
  • Visits wooded areas not typically frequented by people on bikes (Sherin Woods and Stonybrook).

what to know

  • There is challenging rocky terrain, so be careful and dismount if you don’t feel comfortable.
  • The path through the day camp is private property – be considerate when traveling through.
  • The Neponset River Reservation might be swampy with heavy rains.

points of interest

  • Franklin Park abandoned bear cages and Schoolmaster Hill.
  • The secret Sherin Woods.
  • The abandoned I-95 interchange.
  • Swampy Neponset river trail.
  • Abandoned DCR children’s park full of graffiti (and glass!).
  • Warm swimming at Turtle Pond.

food / hydration

  • The DCR bath house pavilion is a great place to refill water around the halfway point.
  • Coffee, bagels, and tacos bookend this ride, but of course, patronize any place you like!

terrain

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route map

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