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The Tortoise Are Coming - Bedford To Lexington Rail Trail

http://www.minutemanbikeway.org/Pages/Brochure.html

Start in Bedford at #14 and hike one way to Lexington for a 3 to 4 mile hike. We will have lunch in Lexington and then return to Bedford. We will need to place cars at both ends of the trail. I am relying on my Massachusetts folks to suggest a place to eat. Will meet everyone at the trail head in Bedford.

No limit on the amount of Tortoise and you can bring a friend or two.

Keep an eye on the weather Rain will cancel the hike:

 


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael is a great hike/walk leader. Careful and thorough

    February 23, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Great hike and fellowship on the Rail Trail topped it off with lunch at Bertucci's.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the hike near Boston. I was glad to get out and hike on the Rail Trail. Great option near by and not too busy this time of year.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My knees have been bugging me. I'm out on this one.

    February 22, 2014

  • Elaine R.

    gah, I've come down with a cold. this sucks, I'll catch you guys next time! have a great day!

    February 22, 2014

  • Karen 48 W.

    Aw man, in my backyard. Checking out Crawford Notch for you ;)

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Michael C.

    If you guys can pick the parking place in Lexington we will meet there and then drive to Bedford to start our hike with our Microspikes (no snowshoes required) and then off to Lexington for lunch. Thanks for all your help with the great info provided. :-)

    February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The depot attended lot is right on the trail. And a good gathering place. If we look at the map in the posted comments , park where we find a spot, and walk to the attended lot, maybe that might work?

      1 · February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    John is correct microspikes may be helpful, they plow this section of the trail so we should not need snowshoes. I work near the trail so will ask around at to see if anyone has been on the trail.

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I doubt snow shoes will be necessary. There may be places where, grippers would be needed. These go right over your shoes or boots and give you traction rather than "float".

    February 20, 2014

  • Elaine R.

    should I bring snow shoes? :-)

    February 19, 2014

    • Michael C.

      I need to find out trail conditions I do not have snowshoes

      February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.lexingtonma.gov/parking/

    There are two bigger parking lots in the center of Lexington but I am not sure how full they are on the weekends. The other option is a business park about 1/2 to 3//4 of mile before the center, this would give us a short walk after lunch to digest. The lot is behind the Lexington Firestation on Bedford St, Rt4, at Camilla Place. Since it is along the bike path there is probably a way over the snow banks to this lot. Lexington's website gave the option of creating a map so here is the google shortened version of the URL:
    http://goo.gl/iGM8RQ

    As Debra mentioned there is no shortage of places to eat in Lexington Center.

    February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael: Let me know where you want me to park. I can carry three people with no problem. I can be carried with no problem either.

    February 19, 2014

  • Debra S

    Michael lots of good restaurants in Lexington center: Marios for Italian, Yantze River for chinese, Lemon Grass for Thai plus Not Your Avg Joes, Bertuccis,...
    Enjoy! i'll be heading in your reverse direction to New London NH for xc ski outing at Pine Hill Ski center: http://www.meetup.com/AMC-Boston-Ski-Ride/events/166920702/

    February 18, 2014

  • Karen G.

    Would have loved to do this as I live in Bedford but I'm signed up for a 5k walk in Haverhill. Maybe we can do it again soon or even with bikes too. Have fun!

    February 17, 2014

  • Kim N.

    Maybe a part of the Nashua River Rail Trail (from Ayer to Nashua) sometime in the future? It isn't as busy as Bedford, prettier and more rural.

    February 16, 2014

    • Debra S

      lots of easy hiking trails in the Bedford MA area without all the bikers, rollerbladers,... just off/around the rail trails. See maps at: http://www.bedfordma­....

      February 16, 2014

  • Joanne B.

    Thought this was going to be closer but is 68 miles away. Too far for me, especially for just a 4 mile hike.
    Hope to be able to hike with this group in the future.

    February 13, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Will need to have more than just 2 of us for me to make the 140 mile round trip drive for this hike.

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very interesting in attending but think this might be too much for my 7 year old son. thanks for finding sites within 1 hr of central MA.

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael: I am in if it is the rail trail Bedford/Lexington/Cambridge as mentioned by Debra S.

    February 9, 2014

  • Debra S

    there's real nice easy trails here just south of Nashua in Bedford MA on and off the Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail. See the vast trail maps at: http://www.bedfordma.gov/public-works/pages/bedford-trail-maps
    and the trails continue into Burlington & Lexington MA with more nice conservation trails.

    February 9, 2014

  • Joyce S.

    I will be in FL hiking the beach, but looking forward to hiking with you in the spring.

    February 9, 2014

  • Joanne B.

    That is exactly the area I am interested in. All the posted hikes are 2 hours away. Just past the MA/CT line, the Doris Shaw Preserve has a trail through the woods that links to the Rail Trail. I just did that hike with snowshoes first but then the next day with just boots. The snowmobiles make a fairly easy go of it.

    February 9, 2014

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