Mountain Bike Loop
ElevationAscent: 522' 159 m
Descent: -527' -161 m
High: 261' 80 m
Low: 113' 34 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Just as schizophrenic and almost as much fun as your typical New Englander.”— Trevor Wellman
Family Friendly This trail is good for learning some of the basics of mountain biking or for bringing a picnic.
Don't let the name fool you: once you get the lay of the land, there are many additional trails to explore besides the one designated for mountain biking. Many of the others offer more of an escape from the city or the suburbs due to less bike, foot, and paw traffic. Respect all the work NEMBA has done to advocate for mountain biking in the Fells and honor the signage where it prohibits bikes on certain trails.
There is plenty of parking around the Fells; the easiest access to the Mountain Bike Loop is from the Sheepfold Parking Lot on the southeast side of the park. At prime times, this lot gets busy and it may be easier to find parking in one of the pull-offs along South Border Rd in Medford. From one of these pull-offs, a very short ride into the woods spits you right out onto the loop.
The natural flow does not always keep you on this trail. In fact, sometimes you'll swear it's trying to lose you. If your aim is to stay on track, always follow signage rather than trusting your intuition.
In the northeast corner of the loop, the trail briefly merges with Bear Hill Rd. It's possible to take a short detour up this dirt road to reach Bear Hill Tower. This is one of the prime spots in the Fells. From the top of the tower, you get great views of the Reservation and of the Boston skyline. Bear Hill Tower embodies what's so unique about the Fells: despite all the reminders of the hustle and bustle just beyond the trees, you're still awarded a moment to relax, escape, and recreate. Since I-93 is tucked just out of view, you can almost imagine it's the wind making all that noise.
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ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)
Dec 12, 2016: SE MA NEMBA New Year's Day Ride
Dec 21, 2015: Donate to NEMBA's Annual Fund
Jan 6, 2015: NEMBAfest @ KT 2016
Land Manager: Massachusetts State Parks - Department of Conservation