Bike the Charles 2008

This year to kick off Metro Boston's 9-day Bike Week, we decided to go entirely beyond the Paul Dudley White Bikepath and ride the Upper Charles Reservation Trail, the Riverpath in Newton, and a bit more.

Here are some photos of the ride

Photos from last year's ride
Photos from rainy 2006 and its rerun

Map and Cue Sheet in PDF
Map (3.3MB JPEG image)
Altitude Profile (JPEG image)
Cue Sheet

The Blue Heron Bridge is a highlight of the ride.


  • Where: start at the granite pillar with a blue heron at the trail entrance in Watertown Square
  • When: Leave at 10am; plan on arriving by 9:45am to organize. The ride shouldn't take over 2 hours from whenever we start.
  • Distance: about 15 miles.
  • Pace: Very relaxed, probably 5-8 MPH.
  • Terrain: flat.
  • Route: largely (70%) off-road paved path; some brief connections on quiet streets (20%) and some unpaved pathways (10%).
  • Leader: Doug Mink

Brought to you by the MassBike MetroBoston chapter

Getting There


Bike up either side of the Charles River to Watertown Square . The path entrance is on the north side of the river.

Take Mt. Auburn St., Main St. (US 20) from Waltham, or Galen St. from Newton Corner


There is no easy way to get to Watertown Square on the T with a bike.


There is a town lot northwest of the Square and on-street parking, too.

Click on image to enter Google Maps

Bailout points

Anywhere along the river, you can simply turn around and follow it back to the starting point.