Friends of the Fells – Trail Adopter Program


The Green Sanctuary Committee invites all to join the MUUC’s Trail Adopter group. Through the Friends Of The Fells organization, MUUC has adopted a portion of the Crystal Springs Trail at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, abutting Melrose and surrounding communities. Trail Adopters are responsible for basic trail maintenance and keeping the trail free of litter and clear of fallen branches or brush. The Friends Of The Fells suggests doing cleanups at least two or three times a year, ideally in the fall after the leaves are down and in the spring after the snow has melted.

Our Green Sanctuary plans to organize at least one cleanup walk each season.

The Green Sanctuary Committee will announce cleanup walks ahead of time, and all are feel to join for one or all of the cleanups as you are willing and able.

The Green Sanctuary Committee will also hold several accessible strolls through nearby green areas, including Breakheart Reservation in Saugus. The trail here is wheel-chair/rollator accessible. No clean-up is required (but it’s nice to help and keep all green areas free of litter!)

All Trail Adopters are responsible for their own safety and are required to sign a Liability Waiver Form. Parents or guardians must sign for and attend to children under age 18.

The Green Sanctuary Committee will have a supply of liability waiver forms on hand when we do our walks. Some parts of the Crystal Springs trail may be steep or rocky, so please dress appropriately. Our walks will be on our part of the Crystal Springs trail from Pond Street to where it meets the Whip Hill trail. Our walks at Breakheart will begin near Wakefield High School.

If you’d like to find out more about the “Friends of The Fells” Trail Adopter Program, you can download the Trail Adopter Handbook at: