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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 36 riders
 

Mountain Biking Western Greenway

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#45 of 216 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#3354 in the world

This is a good trail for beginners, it starts as fairly simple single and double track but becomes mildly technical by the end of the ride.

The trail is still being created but currently has around 8 miles completed so makes for a decent ride especially because of it's proximity to Boston. It is very well marked until its current end at Stonehurst. You can either ride the trail back after completing or follow the road back to the start.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Take Rt. 2 to exit 58. Turn onto pleasant street towards Belmont Center. Take a right at the third light onto Clifton Street followed by your next left onto Fletcher road. Stay left at the fork followed by your next left onto Juniper road. Park at the Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary for the full trail.
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Q: Does it have drops and jumps?
A: No drops and jumps

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  • Zephyr
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    This trail is in riding distance from me but it is not so fun it is a pretty easy trail and I enjoy a challenge. There are however many trails that cut off from this trail and give you a good challenge. I would recommend this trail to people who enjoy a good flow trail with not to many obstacles.

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  • Swiftt
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    I love this trail system. I live within riding distance so that is a big plus for me, but I would choose this over many of the other nearby trails such as LLF, Blue Hills or The Fells. One of the biggest plusses for the Greenway is the flow. This trail actually has flow, which I don't think you can say for any large sections of the other areas I mentioned. It also has more actual single track rather than double track/ Jeep road that is common in other trails nearby. There are several side trails that really add to the enjoyment, mostly in Beaver Brook reservation and The Belmont Conservation Lands at the East end of the trail. Adding the side trails I can easily get a very decent 40 k ride in on a weekend morning and only see 2 or 3 others. My two favorite sections are the beginning climb/ descent at the Western end by Bentley U. Probably the most technical section, it is fun to descend and hard to ascend cleanly. The other favorite for me is the switchback trail that drops from the water tower in Beaver Brook. It is actually a side trail but can easily be incorporated into a ride of the Greenway. The trail is fun to climb and an absolute blast to descend: bermed switch backs, some small rock gardens and some narrow sections keep you on your toes, but it is guaranteed to bring a smile.

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  • nc76
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    This trail is not the most pulse-pounding trail out there, but I give it 4 stars for a few reasons: it's quite close to the urban center of Boston, and it does a brilliant job of stringing together a few green spaces to make a continuous path of decent length. The whole thing is not very technical, but it's enjoyable because it really gives you the feeling of being far away in the woods, even though you're really close to civilization. It doesn't make a circuit (as of writing), so you have a couple miles of road riding to get back to the start.

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  • Rypoc
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    It's more like a 3.5, but I'm rounding up because its convenient by proximity to where I live. If you park at the Star Market in Waverly Square (Belmont), you can cross the street (Route 60) and step into the forest, picking up the coal road and begin climbing your way towards the water tower. Most people park at the Lone Tree Hill lot, but I like getting in the extra warm up and extra mileage.

    If you take the trail to its terminus on Beaver Street in Waltham, you'll get in a solid 8 miles, and then you can bike back to wherever you parked for a good, solid loop.

    It's beginner to intermediate and can be made more challenging if you choose to hit some jumps or beat your previous time.

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