MINUTEMAN BIKEWAY LETTERBOX:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Planted:May 25, 2002
Length: Minuteman Bikeway; 10.5 miles.
to Letterbox; ¾ mile.
Easy. Flat, paved surface.
To start from Bedford (northern section); From I-95, take exit 31B to Routes 4 & 225 (Bedford St) northwest for 1.9 miles. Turn left down Loomis St and follow to Bedford Depot Park on your left.
To start from Lexington (central
section); From I-95, take exit 31A to Routes 4 & 225 (
To start from Thorndike Field (southern
I-95, take exit 29 to Route 2 east to Alewife. Follow the exit for Routes 3
& 16 northeast. Turn left onto Mass Ave
at the next intersection and continue for a ½ mile. Turn left on Lake St
and left on Margaret St. The parking lot is located at the end of the road, next to the trail.
To start from Alewife T-Station (southern
Boston's Red-Line to access this station. See; MBTA
for more information. For information about taking your bike on the subway. See;
MBTA/BIKES . From I-95,
take exit 29 to Route 2 east to Alewife. Take the exit for Alewife Station
Access Rd and park at the T-Station's parking garage.
Three rail trails
converge at BEDFORD DEPOT
PARK in Bedford. The Minuteman Bikeway heads southeast
and follows the
former route of the Lexington & West Cambridge Railroad which
traveled between North Cambridge
and Bedford. Built in 1846 and extended in 1874, the rail line was finally discontinued in
1981. The Bedford Narrow Gauge Spur Trail heads north
the former rail bed of the country's first two-foot-gauge common-carrier
railway, the Billerica & Bedford Railroad. Finally, the Reformatory
Branch Rail Trail heads west to Concord along
the former B & O RR bed. This trail is currently undeveloped however.
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Starting from Bedford Depot Park; Be sure to check out the old Bedford Depot Freight House, if it’s open. It has information on the history of the railroad and also sells some refreshments. Next to the Depot is an old Boston & Maine Railroad passenger car. Across South Rd is the BIKEWAY SOURCE bike shop.
Note; Also, from this point, you can access the Bedford Narrow Gauge Spur.
Bedford, the trail has a slight uphill grade to
and then a slight downhill grade to Arlington. As you start out you will immediately pass by the former Bedford Railroad
Depot to your left. After a ¼ mile, note the two old Whistle stop
markers with the yellow wood attached to them. After a few road crossings you
will pass beneath some power lines and come to a large swamp. Two miles takes
you over I-95 via an old railroad trestle. After 3 ¼ miles, spot a
grassy area on your left with a long granite bench suspended between two rocks.
Another rock has a memorial dedicated to Albert Lester. To the left is a small
path through the woods. Go up the path to a sign that reads "Lexington
You can take a quick detour here to check out the historic sights, such as Lexington
Common, the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. There
are also shops and restaurants. The Visitors
has restrooms and a very large Cooper Beech tree out front. You can also access
Road Trail from here by following Mass Ave west.
Continuing along the trail, at the 6 mile mark you hit the Arlington town line. The trail is all newly paved from here to Alewife. There is a trailside bike shop/snack bar at 8 miles. After 9 miles you reach Arlington Center, where the trail takes a detour through town via two crosswalks.
Note; Arlington Center reconstruction alert
used to cross the street at this point and they have preserved some of the old
tracks in a small park. Shops and restaurants here as well. From the end of the
trail, turn right up Mystic St
and cross over Mass Ave
via the cross-walk. Turn left and cross the street again, following alongside
Mass Ave. Keep an eye to your right to spot where the paved trail picks up again
near some park benches. There is a large sign over the trail entrance. Another
½ mile will bring you past Spy Pond on your right. The trail then
travels between the Thorndike Field parking lot on your right and Magnolia
Park to your left. Continuing
along the trail you'll pass by the entrance for the
Brook Greenway on your left
before traveling underneath Route 2 and coming
to the Alewife T Station Junction after 10.5 miles. A total of five bike
paths are accessible from here. There is a green sign showing the various bike routes and mileages from this
Alewife T Station, a stop on the commuter rail line into Boston is a hub for five trails. From the northwest, the Minuteman Trail terminates here and includes a spur for the Alewife Brook Greenway just north of here which connects to the Mystic River and Mystic River Paths . Head south for the Fresh Pond Loop Trail and a future spur from Fresh Pond that will connect to the Charles River Bikeway via the partially completed Watertown Branch Rail Trail . West takes you along the Fitchburg Cutoff , a short trail that is part of the larger Mass Central Rail Trail, still a work in progress. East takes you along the Red Line Linear Path which turns into the Somerville Community Path , both of which are part of the larger Mass Central Rail Trail.
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