4.4 Miles / 7.1 km
Time to Hike:
2 hours, ~12 minutes
Surface Type:
Quabbin Reservoir
Pelham, Massachusetts
42.392146, -72.403375
December 31, 2017
April 27, 2020
635 '

Total Change
881 '

872 '


The Gate 11 Trail at Quabbin Reservoir in Pelham, Massachusetts is a moderate 4.4 mile out-and-back hike down to the shores of Quabbin and back. The trail starts at the intersection of Route 202 and Amherst Road in Pelham and runs along Pelham Hollow Road all the way down to the water. Parking can be found directly on Route 202 next to the gate as well.

The trail heads downhill gradually for about 1.8 miles before turning into the 11-3 trail. You'll pass Dana Road and another closed down road that's now only used for maintenance vehicles and hiking - labeled 11-1 and 11-2. These old roads once used to connect the old towns that now lie underwater in Quabbin.

Once you pass the 11-3 sign, you'll cross a small bridge with a 10-foot wide creek below you. Continue following the trail uphill and then the immediate right-hand turn at the top of the hill. Follow this last segment all the way until you reach the shores of Quabbin.

Lookout Point
The shoreline is the destination and lookout point for this trail. You can also see the Quabbin Reservoir Fire tower from the shore as well.

Connecting Trails
There are plenty of other trails in this section like 11-1, and 11-2, along with Gate 12 to the north which this trail connects with close to the water.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails at Quabbin.

Biking is not permitted along these trails.

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  1. Parking

    42.392146, -72.403375
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.392461, -72.402765
  3. Trail map near the trailhead gate

    42.392383, -72.401925
    Trail map near the trailhead gate
  4. Old foundation right off the trail

    42.389764, -72.386725
    Old foundation right off the trail
  5. Creek crossing just before the reservoir

    42.3876, -72.374733
    Creek crossing just before the reservoir
  6. View of Quabbin from the end of the trail

    42.387272, -72.372139
    View of Quabbin from the end of the trail
  7. View of Quabbin from the end of the trail

    42.387183, -72.371994
    View of Quabbin from the end of the trail
  8. View of Quabbin from the end of the trail

    42.387172, -72.371986
    View of Quabbin from the end of the trail
  9. View of Quabbin from the end of the trail

    42.387244, -72.371681
    View of Quabbin from the end of the trail
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4.4 miles / 7.1 km
Trail added
December 31, 2017
Hiked on
December 24, 2017
Updated on
April 27, 2020
4.4 miles / 7.1 km
August 15, 2020
This is a great walk to Quabbin. Brings you to small beach on Quabbin. Really pretty and peaceful. Bug spray needed. But worth it and parking is good.

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