Suffolk County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: April 29, 2004
Author: Mohamed Ellozy
walking from Brookline to Bellevue Hill
Many thanks to Tramper Al for suggesting this interesting approach to the
highpoint of Suffolk County, Massachusetts! I was searching for an approach to
this highpoint that would involve a meaningful "urban hike" and was thinking of
parking at the southern end of the Stony Brook Reservation and hiking across it
to the highpoint.
Tramper Al suggested a much better approach, walking along Olmsted's Emerald Necklace.
Since my Massachusetts home is in Brookline, quite close to the Emerald necklace,
I would have a pleasant walk the whole way, with no need to drive at all.
I do not claim this as a "Hut to Hill to Hut" trip since my principal home
is now in New Hampshire.
The morning of April 29th looked like a gorgeous spring day, ideal for strolling
along the Emerald Necklace. I walked through Brookline to pick up the Emerald
Necklace at Longwood T stop, staying on the west side of the Muddy River and
ponds all the way.
The short section from Brookline Avenue to the Route 9 crossing is not terribly
esthetic but apart from that the whole trip to the end of Jamaica Pond was delightful.
Then a busy street, redeemed by nice homes with pleasant yards.
Then I reached the Arnold Arboretum.
The magnolias were in bloom (perhaps a bit beyond peak) near the main entrance
and further on the lilacs were beginning to get ready for Lilac Sunday (May 16).
I climbed both Busey and Peter's Hills (elevations 198 and 240 feet
respectively) in the Arboretum since I was on a peakbagging expedition!
On the south side of Peter's Hill I got my first glimpse of the water tower on Bellevue Hill.
Once out of the Arboretum, I was in unknown territory (Roslindale) but my map
guided me down Fairview Street (with a second view of the water tower) to South
Street and to Wadsworth Street. This took me to Washington Street a short block
from its intersection with the West Roxbury Parkway. Just across the parkway is
a fire road that goes up Bellevue Hill, and presently a well used herd-path
ascends more steeply to the "scenic" summit.
Over a dozen miles, probably 80% along the Emerald Necklace and Arboretum,
on a gorgeous spring day. No post-holing, no ice, and no black flies yet.
Life doesn't get much better.