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3 days ago

Starting from my home at the Dover side of Pine Street you've got 10 min to bike to the top of Snow Hill then another 10 min to get to the top of Cedar Hill (Rocky Woods) then another 10 min to get to the top of Noanet Peak. I got the first two, have to rethink my way up Noanet. I will add Pegan Hill next and give myself another 10 min to do Quatre Femmes! I'd add Miller Hill but somebody built a mansion up there.

hiking
3 days ago

very crowded on a Sunday morning! started off to the right-trail was good but harder than expected. lots of up and downs before getting to the top of great blue hill. advise going early on weekends. parking lot was completely full when leaving around 1pm.

Beautiful place to walk around and enjoy, the views of the Boston skyline are pretty amazing and I’m pretty sure its safe to swim in some parts. The only downside is it’s not free

Nice wide and well marked trails. The woods were nice but the view at the peak was nothing special. It was a nice afternoon walk in the woods!

on Hickey and Squaw Loop

22 days ago

Excellent! Easy parking, well marked trail with wonderful views. Highly recommend!

Well kept trails, great variety of terrain, dotted with ponds. Be sure to take a map! So many trails, you can make it a different hike every time.

28 days ago

One of our favorite places to take the pups - gorgeous!!

Nice views, easy to follow. put on your mountain goat for Boulder climbing!

Beautiful scenery, worth the climb to stand on top of Race Mountain to be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. Very buggy. Met friendly hikers. Hiking poles a big help.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this place, especially when I've got the Blues!
Trek on my friends!

Nice short hike with great views.

A great day for a hike in the woods. We did 5.5 mile hike and enjoyed the different trails. Some of the rocky inclines were tough to navigate but a fun day for sure!

Beautiful trail! I followed it to the falls, the summit, and the continued down the AT to a pond, where I was completely alone to enjoy the water.

A nice walk on good long trails. Has decent views of Boston on a rock plateau which I cool, and a cute little waterfall. Not strenuous, and nice that dogs can be off leash. Parking can be a little painful if busy.

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. If you are going with kids go clockwise. this makes the steeper inclines uphill.

Didn’t get a chance to make the hike as we were greeted by an individual explaining to us that we needed to go back to the gate as we were not members and would therefore need to pay a fee... To go for a walk. No where on the way in does it state that you would need to pay which was why we were so surprised and to be honest, annoyed enough to just leave. No thank you. Plenty of other beautiful places in the area to walk and enjoy.

It would’ve been nice to know it cost money ahead of time. No thanks. Bye.

on Great Blue Hill Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This was my husband and my second hike this month and this trail was a fun challenge. We followed the path initially, but shortly after Eliot Tower, we mistakenly continued to follow the blue markers. The blue markers, after a certain point, does not follow the Great Blue Trail path. Instead, it takes you towards Canton and to a path that crosses the street.

This is a heavy traffic trail though and we saw many hikers with their dogs, dogs ranging from a lab to a corgi.

The views at the top of the hills and at the Eliot Tower are stunning!!!

There are a lot of hiking up and down large boulders/rocks. At times it was challenging, but doable for beginners hikers. The down did take a toll on our knees and ankles, but we are beginners.

I would love to do this path again in the winter.

This was a good hike - strenuous for us. The climb starts almost immediately after the trail split, about a 1/4 mile in. Markers on tree per light blue. Lots of rocky ground and ground with exposed roots. Part of trail to lower falls is through a creek bed with lots of large rocks. Trail might be muddy after a rain. We did not go beyond upper falls after visiting lower falls. Total trip for us was 3 miles in about 2 hours.

Spent hours roaming around, easy hike with beautiful views everywhere!

TLDR: Go to this trail. Beautiful, green, remote, and appropriately related as moderate with some inclines/declines, passing from rocky trail to dirt.

Went on Sunday, 5/27 from about 2-4:38PM or so. We started on the side of the police station, up to Hancock Hill. Short 5 minute hike up and you get a beautiful viewpoint (see photos). A few minutes later to Hancock Hill where All Trails has the route split further to the west. We did this, but knew rain was scheduled for 4PM, so we stopped this side route with a couple hundred feet or so to go. Again, great views. As we continued we went down some other side trails exploring the lush forest, then back to the Great Blue Hill Trail.

Beautiful, thick forest throughout. Some fun crossings across logs. There’s a lot of downhill, so it seems like heading up on the Houghton Hill side would be much more difficult. Granted, there were some uphills for us. Wasn’t too crowded. Maybe saw 15 people total. No traffic noise, but heard or noticed one commercial jet.

AllTrails says 3.1 miles, though it’s close to 4.5-5.0. I didn’t monitor exact distance and writing this the day after, but apple health was about that when we finished. Of course we explored a bit off the GBH trail, but not enough to bump it by 1.5 more miles.

Moderate rating is appropriate due to the terrain and inclines. You will be walking over larger rocks, tree roots, etc. It’s not a smooth, flat, fire road like the Santa Monica Mountains. Was visiting family and wasn’t anticipating hiking, so didn’t bring proper boots or clothing. I’ve hiked for years in California in a pair of worn out Adidas so I had no problem in them on this hike. But, if I had my Salomon’s it would’ve been more comfortable and I would’ve taken more “risks” on some of the slicker, steeper inclined rocks. For inexperienced hikers, you will get tired and you should wear more appropriate shoes than sneakers.

Go hike, have fun, bring a bottle of water, and take your trash with you.

Fine if you can't get out of the city, nice little wood. But it is crowed

Lots of fun to hike! Great view from top of Noanet Peak. Be sure to bring bug spray though.

Nice walk. Well planned park.

Nice trails, no markers but the place is small enough so it doesn’t matter. Rated easy for sure, but fun nonetheless. We also came across about a dozen deer, a really nice surprise.

Very easy and nice hike through perfectly groomed trails that are well posted throughout. Great hike anytime.

lovely trail that's suitable for all ages.

Good quick hike, couple hours. The weather tower was the highlight.

Great park! Hiked here yesterday for the second time. There’s a visitor center with bathrooms and trail maps. Trails are well marked. Did the West Side Trail, French Trail, Granite Hills Upper Trail — which are all moderate with streams and rocky terrain. Finished with the Pond Walk which is more like an unpaved road. Lots of walkers and dogs on the Pond Walk. We hardly encountered anyone on the more rugged trails (though we did see a turkey in the woods).

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