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Hiking around the Mount Misery in Lincoln

What to Bring

Hiking shoes   Backpack
Sunglasses   Windproof/
waterproof jacket
Hat   Plastic bag for
trash
Snacks   Water
 

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  Directions
 
From Cambridge:
Take route 2 west
At first traffic light on route 2, take left to
Bedford Road/ Lincoln Center (exit is
second right after the light)
In Lincoln, turn right on parking lot at sign for "The Mall at Lincoln Station" before the
railway crossing
Leave your car on the mall lot
From Boston:
Take I-95/route 128
At exit 26, take route 20 east
Take left at traffic light and follow signs for route 117
At traffic light, take left on route 117 west
About 0.2 mile after Drumlin Farm on your left, turn right on Lincoln road
Right after the railway crossing, turn left
and park on the mall lot
  Good to know in advance
 
No restrooms

Linden Tree Farm is a community-supported organization: you can participate in the
farm's work and receive your share of
produce for an annual fee - inquire at the
farm for more information.

  Etiquette
 
Pets on leash
Carry out your trash
 
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Hiking around the Mount Misery in Lincoln
 
 

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Difficulty: 2/5
  Time from Boston: 25 minutes
  Duration: Half day
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Hiking

 
 
 
 
Contrary to reservations like Blue Hills or Middlesex Fells, the Mount Misery area in Lincoln is an open, lively place where everyday life continues at the slower pace of the countryside. On these trails, you feel more like visiting some farms away in the north than exercising with fellow urbanites on overused paths. Though close to Boston, Lincoln is therefore a great place to breathe after a hard week and to reconnect with the outdoors.

This short hike (about 2 hours) takes you through woodlands, agricultural fields and meadows to the top of Mt. Misery, a modest hill covered by a dense pine forest. Except for the short climb to the summit, the hike is mostly flat.

Here are the detailed directions:
Take the dirt road at the far end of the parking lot
You soon reach a field on the right; take the narrow trail at the edge of the field to walk around the meadow
When you reach the woods at the meadow’s far corner (sign for Iron Horse Trail), continue straight into the woods and past the rock wall
Turn left at the trail intersection and walk until you reach the bridge over the railroad
Turn right after the bridge and continue straight down and past houses on the left before you reach a road
Cross the road carefully and continue on the other side. You will soon reach another parking lot
Turn right and follow the path at the right edge of the meadow (sign warning to keep dogs on leash).
After passing over a small bridge, walk between the fields with Linden Tree Farm on your right, until you reach a bike trail with numbers 9 and 7 and white/yellow marks; turn left towards the woods and Mount Misery, visible over the trees
When you reach the forest, turn left on Kettle trail (sign), which becomes Wolf Pine Trail; the trail slowly turns right around Mount Misery
You soon reach an intersection with a wooden pole on the left bearing an F mark; take the trail on the right that climbs up Mount Misery; follow yellow blazes on trees
Turn left at the Outlook sign for to reach the platform on top of the summit (the trees won’t allow you to get a good view of the countryside below)
To come back, walk straight from the platform at the trail/outlook sign, and follow the yellow blazes down the hill
At the next intersection, turn right to reach the fields and the farm, and go back the way you came; after the railroad bridge, turn immediately right (Iron Horse Trail sign) to get to the parking lot
To return to your car, retrace your steps. You can shorten the return leg by turning right after the railroad bridge, and walk straight to the parking lot.