SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY PATH:
RED LINE LINEAR PATH:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated:August 15, 2015
Length: Currently; 2.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat, paved surface.
To start from Alewife T-Station; 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.
Or take the subways Red-Line to access this station. See; MBTA for more information. For information about taking your bike on the subway. See; MBTA/BIKES .
To start from the Russell Field Park parking lot; From I-95, take exit 29 to Route 2 (Concord Turnpike) east to Alewife. Stay on Route 2 (Alewife Brook Parkway) and just past the Alewife T-Station turn left onto Rindge Ave. The park will be on your left.
Alewife T Station, a stop on the commuter rail line into Boston is a hub for five trails. From the northwest, the Minuteman Bikeway 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 and will connect to Boston Harborwalk; Charlestown at North Point Park. For more information check out; SOMERVILLE COMMUNITY PATH .
From the end of the Minuteman Trail at Alewife T-Station;Turn left and travel along the cantilevered boardwalk between Yates Pond and Alewife Station Access Rd. Cross the road to the paved Red Line Linear Path which travels behind the parking garage and station. The trail then turns left away from the station and travels underneath Alewife Brook Parkway.
Note; Continue straight behind the station for the Fresh Pond Loop Trail.
Continue right around the Red Line Station entrance. A HUBWAY is located here where you can rent a bike. This brings you out to Russell Field Park at 0.3 miles. Note the informational sign here. There are others located along the trail.
Note; If you head right it will take you past the swimming pool, playgrounds and restrooms to the Russell Field Park parking lot off of Rindge Ave.
Turn left and travel behind the bleachers, cross over Harvey St and you'll now be on the MBTA's Red Line corridor at a 0.5 miles. Another words, the Boston Subways Red Line runs directly below you and the trail utilizes the green space above it. This corridor was also originally part of the old Boston & Maine Railroad Line. This urban corridor is tree lined and park like although not very wide. When you come to the intersection of Cedar St and Mass Ave, you'll need to turn right along Mass Ave to reach a cross-light. Then turn left to return to the trail at Trolley Square. A HUBWAY is located here. Here the trail is briefly bricked lined with tables and benches. You'll pass by a lot for the city's electric buses on your right and cross into Somerville from Cambridge. This section of trail is referred to as the Somerville Community Path. The trail becomes brick lined again at 1.3 miles as you pass by some artworks on poles and come to the Davis Square T-Station. Cross over Holland St to Davis Square, where there are outdoor tables, places to eat, a map board and continue straight through and over College Ave. This takes you past another entrance for the Davis Square T-Station. Travel down a "closed to traffic" road, through a parking lot and you'll be back on the trail. This section of green space is wider and still tree lined. Cross Cedar St at 1.9 miles where the trail is wide with a separate jogging path. Travel underneath Lowell St where the trail currently ends after 2.2 miles overlooking the RR tracks. A ramp leads up to Lowell St.
The next Phase of the trail will follow the MBTA's Green Line Extension. As part of the GLX project, the path will be extended from Lowell Street along the GLX Medford Branch (Gilman Square, Washington Street stations) to the North Point/Lechmere Station area of Cambridge where the trail will connect to North Point Park, the Boston Harborwalk and the Charles River Bikeway .
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