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This one is a more challenging hike (but I am a beginner) at points it gets very steep but the views at the end make it worth it

Side trails not really well marked. Short.

trail running
28 days ago

First time out, it was well marked for the most part but I’ll admit I did do some loops twice figuring it all out, 2yellow types of trail markers plus apple ones and a few backtracks since what I thought was part of the loop was just another entry/exit and ended up on main road. Trail is well marked, slow run to save my ankles lots of roots and uneven terrain, but pretty and I’ll do it again.

Easy trail! love the company!!

Grew up hiking these trails with my family!!!

hiking
1 month ago

They do a really good job of hiding the parking for the trail head. I used the Bolton Trails Committee map (http://www.boltontrailscommittee.org/2-vaughn-hills.html). Most of the parking they refer to is clearly private property when you get there. There's a note buried in there about setting your GPS to 245 Vaughn Hill Rd. There's a beat up sign pointing you to the parking lot that's kind of difficult to see.

The positives are that the trail is pretty vacant, or at least it was when I was there. And the marsh is really cool. It's also a really easy hike with lots of tree cover.

The negatives are that the trails are all really poorly marked. There are blazes for a "Bolton Loop Trail" that isn't documented anywhere and it seemed like they kind of just gave up on the other trails after a few miles. Alltrails has this listed as 6.5 miles and there's no way I got to all of it because it was such a mess to navigate.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was kinda tough to follow, we ended up taking the wrong trail at the weather observatory. Make sure you bring a map with you!

This is one of my favorite trail in the Blue Hills. I especially like Eliot Tower the most. A great place to have a picnic in the picnic area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view of the Boston skyline from Eliot Tower. Thought it was going to be a rock scramble at 0.7 miles in, ended up being a nice rock staircase instead.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice well marked trail, some places have a bit of a climb but nothing too difficult. A neat training course in the middle of the loop. Nothing spectacular in term of scenery. Brough my dog and we had fun exploring, ton of bugs though.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail definitely earned the hard rating, but if you’re up to the challenge it’s a lot of fun! The views from the observation tower are fantastic!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was nice and there are various smaller paths you can take off the main route. I also saw a huge deer on a side trail and that was awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

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

The visitor center is now, and after hiking this I would not recommend it for others. Not a lot to see, and tons of moths along the trail.

Disclaimer: the highlighted loop does not take you to the lime kiln/quarry. In order to reach these, you need to take the Bob Horton Trail. This can very was be done in combination with the highlight loop for a good easy hike.

Review: despite the confusion over where the kiln/quarry was, the hike was still very nice. The woods are very beautiful with hills and cool rock features. The trails are pretty well maintained, however they are not signed. Using the AllTrails tracker is recommended for direction. The quarry was pretty interesting, about 20 feet deep with a pond at the bottom. The kiln has spots on the side where the rock had melt patterns. Definitely one of the coolest spots in the area with an interesting history.

hiking
4 months ago

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

on Great Blue Hill Trail

hiking
4 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.

Easy hike. Single trails for mountain biking. Quiet.

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

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

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail but not marked well so it's easy to get lost.

hiking
5 months ago

I took my dog and it was a great hike! Perfect weather. A lot of people and there were a good amount of friendly dogs! One of my favorites in Mass!

Good workout in a relatively short amount of time. Trail is well maintained and there are some nice views at the top. Tends to be very crowded.

walking
6 months ago

Easy trail to follow. Very dog friendly.

beautiful views. Rocky.
difficult in winter.

Not too hard.

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