light northern dirt

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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33

mi

km

Distance

distance

33

%

Time Spent Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

4

hrs

Estimated Total Time

estimé temps total

3

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

38 mm

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

Novice

Easy

Intermediate

Hard

Extreme

débutant

facile

intermédiaire

dur

extrême

Difficulty

difficulté

light northern dirt

by
par
Jesse Boudart
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Distance

Distance

33

mi

Time Off-Road

temps dépensé sur saleté

33

%

Estimated Time

estimé temps total

4.0

hrs

Estimated Dismounts

estimé démonter

3

Suggested Tire Size

conseillé pneu de largeur

38 mm

Difficulty

difficulté

Easy

description

la description

Gravity will do its thing...

The route begins with traversing the high hills of Somerville and meandering on the Mystic River paths. After routing through the suburban streets of Medford, the first dirt section begins at the Middlesex Fells park. The Fells is known for its savage rocky terrain, but after a push over some hard rocks, the paths will become gentler along the reservoir. Eventually, you’ll transition on roads to the eastern part of the Fells. There you will find smaller off-road trails, which will eventually terminate at the top of a hill next to an old building. 


Next, you’ll ride through the neighborhoods until a forest section. The Marion & Sprin conservation area has some interesting terrain which will terminate with bushwacking at the end of a cul de sac. The thicket was not too impassable, but you’ll need to hike and bike. 


Afterwards, you’ll wind around the neighborhood and enter another park/forest area. There will be tricky sections, but then you’ll exit on roads again destined for the Breakheart Reservation. 


The Breakheart reservation is popular for walkers due to the smooth paved paths and some narrow interesting trails. You’ll wind through the forest sometimes flying downhill. Please be careful of your speed because there are often pedestrians. 


When you cross a bridge on some narrow trails, you’ll start heading to the back entrance of the park. 


The next road section forces you to share with fast moving cars. There is a forgotten sidewalk, which isn’t the worst idea. After a little while, you’ll approach a highway interchange, which was made in the 60s and back then, society didn’t think anyone would care to walk or bike. Be careful here. After the interchange, you’ll make a left into the neighborhood surrounding the last woods. 


Through Lynn woods, you’ll find yourself on gentle gravel roads. After an ascent, gravity will do its thing, and fast descents will become your life on relatively wide gravel roads. Enjoy it!


Finally, you’ll take the Northern Strand Trail all the way home. There are some neat breweries in Everett you can consider visiting as well!

route created on
6/27/20
  • Discover the north! 
  • There are minimal technical features
  • You will be bushwacking once
  • The Fells route goes over some extremely rocky sections, but the majority is relatively smooth. 
  • Some trail entrances may not look like a path, but they do go through!
  • Be respectful to pedestrians you will likely see in The Fells, Breakheart reservation, and Lynn Woods.
  • Neat reservoirs
  • Secret entrances
  • Historical artifacts in Lynn Woods
  • The Kane’s donuts in Saugus is a neat and delicious trip. They also sell satisfying breakfast sandwiches. 
  • Coffeeshops and Beershops bookend this ride, but of course, patronize any place you like!
a few mud pits, a few hefty rocks
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highlights

  • Discover the north! 
  • There are minimal technical features
  • You will be bushwacking once

what to know

  • The Fells route goes over some extremely rocky sections, but the majority is relatively smooth. 
  • Some trail entrances may not look like a path, but they do go through!
  • Be respectful to pedestrians you will likely see in The Fells, Breakheart reservation, and Lynn Woods.

points of interest

  • Neat reservoirs
  • Secret entrances
  • Historical artifacts in Lynn Woods

food / hydration

  • The Kane’s donuts in Saugus is a neat and delicious trip. They also sell satisfying breakfast sandwiches. 
  • Coffeeshops and Beershops bookend this ride, but of course, patronize any place you like!

terrain

a few mud pits, a few hefty rocks

route map

la plan de route

photos

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