Bolton Berlin Challenge Ride

Acton, Massachusetts

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Interstate 495 is often viewed as the demarcation point separating greater metropolitan Boston from Massachusetts’ vast rural areas. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Bolton Berlin Challenge. The convenience of the highly developed starting area in South Acton is quickly contrasted by long, open stretches of country roads where fast food—or any type of modern convenience—disappears. Many of the roads go mile after mile without even passing a house. Load up on supplies before heading out on this one, there’s only one real stop for food and restrooms along the way. That inconvenience is easily outweighed by the beauty of the expansive views you’ll enjoy at the top of the route’s climbs and the winding descents that are each climb’s reward. Your camera won’t capture many historic sites on this route; this is a ride for bonding with nature rather than sightseeing.
Road Biking Massachusetts

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Road Biking Massachusetts

by Tom Catalini (Falcon Guides)

Interstate 495 is often viewed as the demarcation point separating greater metropolitan Boston from Massachusetts’ vast rural areas. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the Bolton Berlin Challenge. The convenience of the highly developed starting area in South Acton is quickly contrasted by long, open stretches of country roads where fast food—or any type of modern convenience—disappears.

Many of the roads go mile after mile without even passing a house. Load up on supplies before heading out on this one, there’s only one real stop for food and restrooms along the way. That inconvenience is easily outweighed by the beauty of the expansive views you’ll enjoy at the top of the route’s climbs and the winding descents that are each climb’s reward. Your camera won’t capture many historic sites on this route; this is a ride for bonding with nature rather than sightseeing.

©  Tom Catalini/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Acton
Distance: 59.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Riding Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 250 feet
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Contacts: Central Massachusetts Tourist Council
Driving Directions: Directions to Bolton Berlin Challenge Ride

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