Blue Hills Skyline Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Blue Hills Skyline Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Quincy, MA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.7 miles 3104 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Beautiful views, nice terrain, close to the City of Boston. Park, and walk on the north direction (.25mi) that closely follows the trail until you hit the Skyline Trail (blue marked). Take the Skyline trail West. At 1.5 miles on the Skyline Trail you will cross a road and be able to get a reservation map at the Reservation Headquarters for a nominal fee. You will successively ascend Hancock Hill, Hemingway Hill, and Wolcott Hill before you head for Great Blue Hill. Enjoy the Eliot Tower views. Shortly after the wood bridge there is the Skyline Ridge - South Trail. Keep walking west, and you will go through Houghton Hill before reaching the Reservation Headquarters again. Cross the road again and join the Skyline Trail. You have the option of retracing your steps from there, or you can also take a southern approach to your car if after Tucker Hill you head south towards Burn Hill. The trail will take you to your car.

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17 days ago

Awesome trail! Its so close to Boston! When you're hiking it, you feel like you are no where near a major city! Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

We did 10 miles of this 12.7m rocky Skyline trail in wet, leaf-covered conditions. Loved the trail - the only part that was a bit challenging was crossing Route 28. All people and dogs we met were friendly. Love this park...we'll be back!

1 month ago

excellent trail

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1 month ago

Loved the diverse terrain!

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4 months ago

At first it was easy going then it got really tough. I loved it though. Good work out

5 months ago

Great trail, even in small portions.

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5 months ago

Amazing hike went when I was in elementary and again recently loved it and the views from the tower/hills/rocky terrain

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5 months ago

Decent training trail if you want to test your limits and/or gear before hitting the White Mountains. It has a few good views and a handful of scramble climbs. Pack light