NORTHERN STRAND COMMUNITY TRAIL:
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Last Updated: August 15, 2015
Length: Northern Strand Community Trail (Everett-Malden section); 4 miles.
Northern Strand Community Trail (Revere section); 1.2 miles.
Northern Strand Community Trail (Saugus section); 2.4 miles.
Mystic/Malden River Reservation Trail; 0.9 miles paved trail/0.2 miles on-road.
Difficulty: Northern Strand Community Trail (Everett-Malden section); Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
Northern Strand Community Trail (Revere section); Moderate. Flat, recycled asphalt rail trail. Mt bike recommended.
Northern Strand Community Trail (Saugus section); Moderate. Flat, hard packed gravel rail trail. Mt bike recommended.
Mystic/Malden River Reservation Trail; Easy. Flat paved trail & sidewalk. On-road to reach Northern Strand Community Trail.
From the junction of Routes 16 & 28 in Medford travel east on Route 16. Cross over the Malden River into Everett.
To Start from the Gateway Center; Take your first right onto Mystic View Rd into the Gateway Center. Travel to the far end and park next to Mystic View Rd near the Costco.
To Start from the Rivergreen Business Park; Take your second right and enter the traffic circle. Follow all the way around until you see the Best Buy store. Turn right onto Santilli Hwy. Turn left on Air Force Rd. Follow to end and turn left into the parking lot. The trail is across the road.
The Northern Strand Community Trail will be a 10 mile community pathway stretching from Everett through Malden, Revere and Saugus toward the Lynn waterfront. It follows the rail bed of the former Saugus Branch RR. Currently the Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus sections are complete. The Lynn section is still awaiting town approval. For an extended trip you may start from the Gateway Center at the southern tip of Everett where you'll find a section of the Mystic/Malden River Reservation Path. A short on-road section then connects to the current southern end of the Northern Strand Community Trail. For more information visit; NORTHERN STRAND COMMUNITY TRAIL .
Starting from the Gateway Center; From the edge of the Costco parking lot spot 2 granite posts. A paved path heads from the parking lot down to Mystic View Rd. Head left on-road to the start of the Mystic/Malden River Reservation Path on your right. A narrow paved trail brings you to an overlook of the Mystic River and the Craddock Locks at the Amelia Earhart Dam below. The trail travels north where the Malden River enters the Mystic River. The trail splits briefly as it travels through the Mystic River Reservation then rejoins and travels out to Mystic View Rd at 0.6 miles. Turn left and follow the sidewalk to a series of cross-lights that will get you across busy Route 16. Head right along the sidewalk and back over a series of cross-walks over Santilli Hwy. Continue right past the Best Buy store and you come to Kelvin St after 0.9 miles. Head left on-road (residential) up Kelvin St and turn right on Wellington Ave. Follow Wellington Ave (residential) to the start of the Northern Strand Community Trail after 1.1 miles. You'll find a map board located here.
Note; Future plans call for continuing the trail south along the RR corridor which is still in use. They are looking at building the trail separate from the tracks.
The paved Everett/Malden Section heads north along the old rail bed along a residential/industrial corridor. You'll pass by a rink and tennis courts at Rosetti Park at 0.5 miles. Across Air Force Rd on your left is the Rivergreen Business Park parking lot. Just past the map board on your left is a spur to Everett Parkland.
Note; Everett Parkland has a 0.3 mile paved loop trail along a grassy knoll.
Pass by the Bell Rock Cemetery before coming to Medford St at 1.1 miles where you'll need to turn left to reach a cross-light. The trail travels alongside Canal St, where you'll find another map board and information about the EAST COAST GREENWAY . The trail veers northeast and brings you to Main St at 1.6 miles. Turn left to access a cross-light. The urban trail now travels through Malden. At Ferry St, again turn left to access a cross-light. A series of cross-lights will take you left over Route 60 where the trail continues to your right along an open industrial corridor. Several small street crossings. Pass by a community garden at 2.4 miles. Cross Broadway at 3.2 miles and a side trail on your right leads to a CVS. Cross Beach Street at 4 miles where you'll pass by a parking lot. Cross Lynn and Wesley streets where the paved trail ends at 4.2 miles and a recycled asphalt trail begins as you travel along the open Revere Section. Travel underneath Route 1 and your rewarded with scenic views of Rumney Marsh. Cross Salem St at 4.9 miles. Use Caution; No crosswalk yet. Travel past a map board and into a residential, tree lined corridor. You enter the Saugus Section next to a link to Laurel St at 5.2 miles. Cross Eustis St and spot the old 1853 Cliftondale RR Station on your right. Pass by Parker Playground before a series of cross-walks take you over Essex & School Streets. Cross Adams Ave at 5.9 miles and as you pass by the playing fields of Belmonte Saugus Middle School look right to spot an old cement RR Whistle marker. After crossing Denver St the trail surface becomes a mix of recycled asphalt and gravel. Pass another old RR marker that has an R on it (Revere?). Cross-walk over Central St, where you can access shops. The trail follows the Shute Brook along your right then travels along a causeway between the Shute Brook floodplain on your right and the Saugus River floodplain to your left. Very scenic. Cross an old RR bridge over the Saugus River and you'll come to the currant end of the trail after 7.6 miles. If you continue straight along the paved drive you'll come to Lincoln Ave/Boston St. The old rail bed continues straight into Lynn along another causeway alongside the Saugus River. Also, across Lincoln Ave/Boston St is Marshview Park which overlooks the Saugus River floodplain. Flight path for Logan Airport as well.
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