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    North Shore to Boston on trails?

    Watching the freezing rain has me daydreaming of trail riding... In the summer I commute from Salem into Cambridge but it's exclusively on roads. (And bad roads at that!)

    Does anyone have a route into Boston from the North Shore that's primarily singletrack, double track, fire road, etc.?

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    Check out the Bay Circuit trail on the google.

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    I haven't done this in a long time but here's the general idea.

    Get on the powerlines that parallel RT 107 in Salem. You can or used to be able to take these all the way to Route 129 in Lynn.

    Enter Lynn Woods at Great Woods road and get out of Lynn Woods on the other end of Great Woods road at the horse stables close to route 1.

    Roll down the road towards RT1 and get on 129 west. Just after the Walnut Street/Water Street split on 129 look for a trail taking off into the woods on the left, this is Breakheart Reservation.

    Exit Breakheart at Hemlock road near the high school and then take Oak Street west. There is a trail in Wakefield town forest park that is worth riding. You can get in there off any of the side streets that abut it.

    Now you have to ride the road to the Fells. The closest entrance is at Whip Hill park. If I was headed to Cambridge I would get out of the Fells at Governor's ave/Middle road.

    The route is not primarily off road but it's as close as you are going to get.

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    That looks great on Google maps. I can't wait to try it.

    Sometimes I ride with Map My Ride/MyTrack app on my smartphone. I'll be sure to track the route.

    I have looked at the powerlines along 107 in Salem. There's no trail directly off of 107 - but I'll try riding in back on one of the neighboring side roads.

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    In Salem I used to get on the powerlines off Mooney road. There was a trail on the left side of the road that took off into a stand of sumac trees. Headed North from there I would cut through Gallows hill park then ride over the bridge to Beverly and eventually to Greenwood and keep going.

    A few other notes:

    This right here is probably a toxic superfund site:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...00327&t=h&z=19

    For a long time the land was covered in plastic. They trucked all the soil away and now it's a big expanse of bedrock.


    You're not going to be able to stay on the powerlines at this road crossing because of a swamp.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...06539&t=h&z=18


    Instead go around on the road on Lynn Street to Bartholomew to Murphy rd. At the end of Murphy you can get back on the powerlines.

    Right here on the powerlines headed into Lynn there is a huge ass (house sized) rock climb which is pretty cool.
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...01635&t=h&z=20

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    North shore to Boston on trails a myth?

    Bringing back this old thread...

    I tried this today. And I mean really really really tried.

    No luck. And I didn't get very far either.

    I rode Salem woods out to the high school and out onto 107. From there, I tried following the powerlines with no luck. I tried right off 107. I tried out back behind the veterinarian. I tried up Mooney road. I tried going to Marlborough road and back through the new development.

    Finally, at the back of the subdivision on Marlborough, I bit the bullet and literally climbed over and into the powerlines. There was no trail. There was only brush and prickers. I bushwacked all the way to the houses on Verdon st and then back again.

    My legs are scabby from prickers and I'm grumpy.

    When was the last time anyone really did this?

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    Can you post a map of your route? I've tried to find a way to ride the power lines east from Rt 1 near the Fat Cactus towards Peabody/Lynn to where the way comes to route 129 in Lynn but could never find a dry route, avoiding wetlands. It sounds like you didn't even quite make it to route 129 yet even if you did and went across it, you'd run into another large obstacle.
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    just think of the roads around Boston as trails with moving rocks and trees

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    Here's a picture of the route. I noodled around looking for ride-able trails around the powerlines. No luck.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o4VbZwwPrzVtg5OP4kj88bo-JOGx7ew-zNtWA3VUCWs?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vwfwOVt1jUs/TnsqGrE3G_I/AAAAAAAABDY/44JzKENnBJM/s800/bushwhacking.jpg" height="467" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/michaelkconnolly/DropBox?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKqipdXc9eD66AE&f eat=embedwebsite">Drop Box</a></td></tr></table>

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    You used to be able to ride right up to that power substation west of Marlborough Street. The trail dropped steeply off the hillside above Marlborough street then picked up again around the backside of that soccer field. It was a narrow trail with a ton of broken glass on it. After that there was a hard right turn up a rocky hill and I would end up coming out on Mooney rd. through a thicket of sumac trees.

    Google Earth still shows a well defined track leading South down the powerlines. You could try getting on it at Lynn St. to see how far North you can follow it. I would think there would be some ATV traffic keeping it open.

    Good luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by connolm View Post
    Here's a picture of the route. I noodled around looking for ride-able trails around the powerlines. No luck.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/o4VbZwwPrzVtg5OP4kj88bo-JOGx7ew-zNtWA3VUCWs?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vwfwOVt1jUs/TnsqGrE3G_I/AAAAAAAABDY/44JzKENnBJM/s800/bushwhacking.jpg" height="467" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/michaelkconnolly/DropBox?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKqipdXc9eD66AE&f eat=embedwebsite">Drop Box</a></td></tr></table>
    Last edited by (Tom); 09-22-2011 at 05:28 PM.

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    Good effort! Wish you could have conquered the impasse at the far west portion. Is there no power line trail between the road that crosses the lines near Amanda Way and Highland Ave? Looks like you had to ride Highland Ave for a stretch and cut right to get back to the lines.
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    Good stuff!

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