Middlesex Fells in Late October

Middlesex Fells in Late October

Photos taken in the Middlesex Fells Reservation near Malden, MA on October 26, 2008.

Copyright (c) 2008, Sandra J. Loosemore. Photos are provided for personal viewing only; no other use is permitted without prior written consent.


I started this hike at Bellevue Pond -- where I left off with my last hike in the Fells earlier in October. Fall color season has advanced notably since then.
Here's a shot of the trail heading north from the pond.
Maple leaf.
Colorful oaks along the trail.
Here's a close-up of some of the oak leaves.
More maple leaves.
This is a wintergreen plant. They're in the ericicae family, like blueberries, and prefer the same kind of acid soil.
A colorful oak leaf.
Another oak leaf.
These are porcelain berries, an introduced ornamental species gone bad. They're very invasive, with grapey vines that choke out the surrounding vegetation. I found this patch on the Cross-Fells trail where it approaches the I-93 underpass.
On the other side of the freeway, I followed the trail through the piney woods to Spot Pond, which is really a lake.
Here's a better view of Spot Pond.
This big boulder was parked near the lake.
Following the trail through the woods, heading in a generally easterly direction.
More trail, passing by a rock outcrop. This is one of the many fire roads that criss-cross the reservation.
Another pretty maple leaf.
Yet one more pretty maple leaf.
Last bright-colored maple leaf.
Maple-leaf viburnum, with berries.
Bright-colored trees along the trail.
Another shot looking down the trail, still heading more or less east.
This plant with the bright red leaves is a high-bush blueberry.
More bright red leaves on an oak sapling.
This is the (unmarked) trailhead where I came out of the Fells.
Go around the corner, down this street, then around another corner....
....and you're at the Oak Grove T station, where you can catch a train back to Boston. Some folks I know find it somewhat.... odd.... that you can take the subway to go hiking. :-P


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