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I should have done it in clockwise direction. I did the trail starting at the skating rink and going counter clockwise. The first half is pretty flat, mundane. Half way through, the trail got steep and there was quite of bit of bouldering. I was pretty tired already. The trail offers little shade on the way back. Take lots of breaks! Views are pretty good, but again, this is only on the second half of the trail if going counter clockwise( lower part of loop).

A nice mix of terrain. Really relaxing and enjoyable. A few areas of moderate scrambling, but mostly an easy hike. There’s a few areas where trail markers could be better placed. The switchover from the skyline to the green dot trail is a bit vague.

Great trek. Was trying to get +1,000' elevation gain but only got +666'. Not hard to do if you want to put in a 10K or so. I will be back, this is a great section of the Blue Hills!

Would agree with Joel this trek is not well marked and without a compass and known landmarks I would have felt uncomfortable. I am however new to trekking but I do have good compass and geospatial skills. I was uncomfortable with this hike.

This is a great trail to practice some basic hiking skills (bouldering) and distance without being too far away from civilization. My 3.5 year old did his first hill summit, but it was still challenging enough to get my heart rate up in some parts. A word of caution: the back part of this trail goes through about 1/2 mile of high weeds (as of 8/26/18.) We RAN through it trying to avoid ticks. This takes you around the hills you did in the beginning of the hike, and makes for an easier finish. However when we do this again, we will make it an out and back (as opposed to a double-helix) to get some more bouldering/ hill practice in. The best part about these trails is you can truly make them your own. You can add or subtract distance or difficulty. I'm looking forward to doing this hike in the Fall when we can see better views of Boston!

park at Washington street and green street. difficult going up, nice pavilion at top with great view of boston. enjoyed it!

Great to do with your kids. Very flat with the exception of the final .2 miles up the hill. However , it is well maintained with a
Rock staircase ascending most the .2 miles.

Been awhile since I hiked this section of the Great Blue Hills. Love Hawk Hill and this entire section. I was looking to get some vertical training in and managed +900' elevation gain between peaks! Found quite a few nice vista points, really like the Hawk Hill vista. I'll be back!

Took the red trail up to the top from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum parking area, and took the blue and green trails back. Beautiful hike; really enjoyed it with the kids too.

Lots of fun to climb, really a steep start, but the views are worth it. Parking was kind of far away

hiking
2 months ago

Super rocky and not my favorite. Struggled with signage above the skyline. Narrow areas where I felt super nervous I would fall and hurt my ankles. Hiked in the late afternoon and would recommend hiking earlier so as to not feel pressured. Took a detour for an overlook and hiked over 7.6 miles. Not sure I would hike this same trail again.

I added Houghton Hill and Wolcott Hill as I was trying to max out my elevation gain. I got over 700' gain between these peaks and without doing Great Blue Hill. Sweet!

Good trail, good views even on a cloudy day. The dog and I had a blast! It is definitely rocky so be prepared, Stop by the visitors center before you start to get your bearings and advice on where to start, they were very helpful.

There are so many trails, it's hard to keep up which one you are doing. Anyway, just good if you can't get out of the city, nice little wood

Not mind blowing or remote, but honestly, this is so great considering you're still in metropolitan greater Boston. There is some great elevation change and wonderful views. And 6 miles is 6 miles.

First trail I hiked in the blue hills, good view from the observation tower!

This is an awesome not so trafficked trail, making you feel like you’re hiking in a remote area until you reach one of the small summits and see the city skyline reminding you’re not far from Boston at all.

Really nice loop early in the day. Half is pretty flat and woodsy, the other half has hills and rocks. The flat part was also nice because there was lighter traffic.

Parked on Randolph Ave and headed up Hawk Hill. Continued easterly to Barberry Bush Trail and the Great Cedar Swamp. Bushwacked a bit over to the direct route up Kitchamakin Hill. Turned westerly over Fenno Hill to Chickatawbut peak. Continued by the Education Center then headed down the Skyline Trail back to my car. This is a terrific trek and property. Just do it!

This was my first time at Blue Hills. It’s beautiful! While not all of this trail was marked great the trails were still pretty easy to follow. Only a few times did I lose the trail but easily picked it back up. My dog came with and he absolutely loves exploring! It was a pretty good hike for him too, nothing too difficult for him. He’s a small 25lb Pup that has no problem scaling large rocks. You could start to see some new life in the trees. I can’t wait to come back in a few weeks to see how much it’s grown in!

Some wide easy trails. Some steep & rocky. Very muddy in spots, but, hey, it was February.

Walked the red trail to back hill yesterday. Great hike , just wish the trail around the blue hills were better marked.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail starts just behind the headquarters buildings, and we parked across the street. We finished the whole loop in 2.5 hours, including some time spent at the weather observatory and taking pictures. Elliot Tower is closed for renovations currently, but the weather observatory gives you a view of the skyline for a $3 fee. We completed the loop counter clockwise, but I agree with previous reviews that clockwise is probably more enjoyable, as we had to go down a lot of rocks on the way back. Overall, great way to spend the morning!

Great short hike, brought my dog she loved it. Nice and tuckered out by the end! Would definitely do this tail again.

Always a good loop. short but nice.

Another perfect kid/dog friendly trail.

Nice short loop.

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This was a fun trail, the loop took my friend and I 2 hours and was 3 miles, with only some short stops. It definitely gets your heart pumping, there are quite a few steep ascents with lots of rock, and then you'll steeply descend, it will be flat for a bit, and then another ascent. Not a simple up on the way there and down on the way back, which makes it more fun I think. Unfortunately the Eliot Tower is currently closed for renovations for the fall, so the views weren't great at the top, but still great to be out there!

The trail across Hawk Hill is unmarked and easy to lose particularly at the rock scramble. Would stick to well worn/marked trails unless you're feeling adventurous.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Very nice hike, moderately difficult there are some steep climbs but overall a very rewarding hike with spectacular views for anyone who is familiar with rocky steep terrain.

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