Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Blue Hills Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gnarly rocky and rooty. If you’re not going up you’re going down or just about to do one or the other.

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.

Beautiful views, great workout over up and down rocky trail. Not for a beginner. The right shoes (hiking boots) make all the difference.

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.

1 month ago

The loop alone is about 5 miles of hiking. Very nice views.

Love this trail. Amazing views, and a great hike if you decide to do the whole trail.

A very rocky trail that will get your heart pumping. The trail is very well marked. I felt that if I was ever in doubt of the path direction I could be confident that if there was a choice between a smooth path or a rocky path the correct choice would always be the rocky path. The views at the top of the hills are not spectacular enough to put up with dealing with the constant rockiness.

Quick and easy...great views!

2 months ago

This trail should be rated hard. It is very very rocky and has many steep grades both up-and-down. It is beautiful but can be challenging. It felt more like I was rock climbing then hiking on many parts of the trail. It is much harder then another trail I took that is rated hard. I'm not sure who does these ratings. A trekking pole would have helped me on this hike.

Great hike and really fun in Spring. If you do the entire round trip, it's 3,160 feet of elevation. Not a moderate hike. How Wolcott gets rated hard, when it's no where's near as long or difficult is beyond me.

fantastic trail with beautiful views

Really great hike. Packed snow, trail broken in. Some icy spots, but did great with poles and crampons. Good training for New Hampshire!

Great hike. Don't let the fact that it's in eastern Mass fool you. The round trip hike is all up and down and is more strenuous than you think.

March 4th 2018: This was a beautiful trail, an easy 5 miles. Some elevation at times. Beautiful views of the water. Currently the boardwalk into the water is damaged from the recent storm, and in many areas of the trail there are newly fallen trees. On the last mile of the trail around the pond the entrance is blocked by a giant cluster of fallen trees. I chose to walk on the main road and into the nearby neighborhood to gain access back to rest of the trail. I suspect as the warmest weather approaches the town will make the necessary upkeep from the off season. Highly recommend and would return to despite the current damage.

Great walk on this beautiful day!

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

Great walk! If anyone finds a Fitbit along the trail please let Me know here!!!!

6 months ago

Easy, Peaceful Walk. It can, at times, be a bit crowded and there’s always the doggie “land mines” to look out for. Most people do pick up after themselves though.

a Must do

Very well marked trail. plenty of elevation gain to keep your legs busy and mind focused. a good shoe is a must as many parts of the trail have steep incline and declines on Rocky and jagged terrian.

love walking the pond. great easy hike.

Great for a nice easy relaxing hike. 10 min walk from Peekskill station

trail running
7 months ago

A great area! Parked in the Ponkapoag Golf Course parking lot off Rt. 138 and started down the cart path thru the course. Went over the dam then took the horse trail straight over to Route 24. Checked out the Bowley Bridge overpass then proceeded north to Duck Pond. Then headed down to the AMC camp and the beach, nice! THE HIGHLIGHT WAS WALKING THE BABCOCK BOG BOARDWALK ALL THE WAY TO THE POND (last time I was here it was too wet). Enjoyed the views there then returned through the golf course. This is a great route! Enjoy!

7 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!

7 months ago

I hiked Ponkapoag Pond Trail during the last weekend of October with several members of my family and one dog. The trail was wonderful for a hiking beginner like myself and was easy enough for my mother who has an injured knee. The views of the pond and the Blue Hills were spectacular, especially with the foliage. I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet the trail was for a beautiful Fall Saturday afternoon, particularly compared to how busy some other trails have been in the area this Fall. The few people who we did pass along the way were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were! We will absolutely return to this trail, but I think there were a few downsides worth pointing out. As others have said in reviews, there was a lot of horse poop - so much that I felt like I was spending more time looking down at the trail than at the picturesque surroundings. The parking lot entrance near the boat ramp was not well-labeled and both of our cars initially passed the entrance and needed to turn around, and the lot was not paved or well-cleared. We didn’t have much issue parking, but other cars seemed to struggle around exposed rocks. There were a couple of times along the trail that we needed to pull out All Trails and check the map, even needing to backtrack at one point - the loop isn’t always clearly defined. Without a map to reference along the way, I can imagine I would have been frustrated. Overall, a great experience. 4/5.

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.

Beautiful views of southern Mass. It is not for a beginner or someone with knee or hip problems. You will be going up steep rocks. Wear good shoes. Little rocks jut out on the trail like crazy. It is a great trail and though I wouldn’t exactly call it easy. It also isn’t for a beginner. If you’re afraid of heights stay away from the cliff. It’s a strait drop down. You will only need a bottle of water and your music blasting with the woods all around you. Nothing special needed for this trail. You will love it. Kids can do it but they will need a lot of help.

Home base for Boston-area folks. Great place to practice for bigger hikes. No big vertical, but plenty of up and downs. Some hills can get your heart rate up a bit. Nice wooded sections make you forget how close you are to city until you catch some of the views of downtown Boston

Another perfect kid/dog friendly trail.

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