Boston Lot Lake is a hidden gem. Tucked away, the lake is accessed by a trail uphill. It may be a bit of workout to get there, but man is it worth it. This makes it a perfect day trip in the summer to relax without a lot of people around and enjoy a swim.
The first thing you need to do is find the lake, which is super easy if you’re in the know. I wasn’t in the know and went to one of the other trailheads at Dartmouth and ended up walking forever and still not finding the lake. There are lots of good trails there, but not if you want to see the lake. You can see a map of the other trails here.
Boston Lot Lake is right off Route 10. The parking area is across from the Wilder Dam (see photo below). You can see pictures of how to get there on my post Boston Lot Lake part II.
Once you get to the lake you can take a hike around the lake which takes about an hour and a half. It’s mostly flat with some inclines. There are trails that lead you elsewhere too so just make sure to follow the blazes and signs around the lake when the trail splits. You can see pictures here. It’s a really relaxing walk and I really enjoyed it. It’s pretty wooded but I’d still go in the morning when it’s cooler and likely fewer people.
There’s a little field next to the lake, across from the picnic table or you can can back to the intersection and play lawn games at the other field (see below).
There’s a picnic table looking right at the lake. What a view for lunch.
Cool off and enjoy all the lake has to offer.
People talk about boating on the lake but you would have to carry the boat up a big hill for fifteen minutes. There is no car access.
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