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Whipple Hill only stretches about a mile, north to south, and less than that east to west. But with three different blazed loops cutting back and forth between two parking lots, this rolling property in the easternmost corner of Lexington, Mass., makes up for what it lacks in acreage with variety. On an early-May morning,…

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Welcome to Running Wild, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s trail running blog. As we explore the trails of the Greater Boston area and beyond, we’ll update this index to reflect each park, trail, and town covered. Just search below to find a trail run in your area. Don’t see your favorite trail run here? Let us…

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Something special happened in the first few strides of a recent run at Stonehurst, on the Western Greenway in Waltham, Mass. Although music filtering through the trees provided a reminder I was running alongside Bentley University, I still felt like I was deep in an ancient forest. Giant hemlocks loomed above. A large, or at…

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Did you know the first Boston Marathon was essentially a trail race? The roads between the starting line in Ashland and downtown Boston were a dirty, dusty, unpaved mess back in April 1896. The runners didn’t need to navigate rocks and roots, but they had to cope with the ruts left by countless wagon and…

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Sometimes I set out with a specific loop and distance in mind. Other times I plan to wander. And sometimes I stumble from one into the other. A couple weekends ago I decided to take a friend’s recommendation and run through Arlington’s Great Meadow (AGM) over to Whipple Hill and back, making a loop of…

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I like to think of myself as a minimalist. I hate carrying extra stuff when I’m running, whether in my hand or on my back. I still wear shirts, tights, and jackets that I’ve had for 15 years, and I’m one of those snobs who scoffs at wearing headphones on a run. But that doesn’t…

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Twenty-some years ago I was running through Belmont, Mass., with a few high school teammates. Our coach steered us off the familiar roads we ran almost every Sunday and onto a trail: a narrow, grown-over path that cut through the forest behind McLean Hospital to a road on the other side. It wasn’t much of…

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One of my favorite things about moving to a new area (maybe the only thing I like about moving) is finding the closest trail and seeing how far it goes. Five or 10 miles of closely clustered trails is just about perfect for trail running. That sort of network is big enough to explore over…

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For years, AMC’s Four Thousand Footer Club has awarded intrepid hikers who climb all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks with a commemorative patch. There’s another patch for those who hike the 48 in winter and yet another for those who complete New England’s 67 4,000-footers. Even dogs can earn a patch. If you complete…

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Whether afoot, on skis, or astride a bike, there are lots of ways to get around AMC’s nearly 75,000 acres of Maine Woods Initiative (MWI) property in the 100-Mile Wilderness region—and lots of trails to get around on. At last count, AMC’s growing network of recreational trails covered 130 miles, including 90 miles of groomed…

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