Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

This trail starts at the Ponkapoag Golf Course. I liked the trail (green dot). It was mostly flat with a couple of little hills. It was very pretty and there is a spot to get close to the pond. It was exactly what I was looking for that day. Some of the signage could have been a bit better or there could have been more of it. I used AllTrails map with the GPS so I could mark our progress. I would take a picture of the display map in parking lot so you can match numbers at crossroads. Also, look for the green dots along the way to mark your route.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a nice walk. Be careful if you plan on parking near randolph street as that parking lot is very rocky and bumpy - seen signs of people scratching their oil pan!

The boardwalk is arguably the best part, the marshland is beautiful!

Rattlesnake hill has a great summit with a wide open view of Boston and the Golf Course. Wampatuck is a bit higher than Rattlesnake. Best to park by St Moritz pond and take the skyline to wampatuck, then turn around and take the green trail back to the parking lot.

This is a great hike, Buck hill has several great views, including a nice one of Boston. Recommend ascending Tucker hill first and ending your hike with the red trail back; takes 1-2 hours.

This is an awesome trail that will push you to your limits. There is multiple routes to explore that accommodate your level. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

Easy trail! love the company!!

Grew up hiking these trails with my family!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I love the Blue Hills. As a Boston resident, the Skyline trail at BH provides a nice challenging alternative to driving the distance to NH for more challenging hikes. I disagree that this is a moderate hike because the terrain is very rocky, one needs to be prepared to climb and descend jagged stairs at regular intervals on this trail. I would recommend bringing a Gatorade (or similar drink) because depending on where you end your hike, you are walking 9 to 11miles. I also recommend an early start (especially during the warmer months of the year).

I completed this hike by myself in 5 hours (from Quincy to Trailside Museum off 138) and in 6 hours when accompanied by a friend who is fit but is not a hiker.

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!

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 trail that connects to the green dot trail if you want an easier hike.

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.

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.

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

This is not a moderate trail- the skyline trail as listed above is hard- it’s a long grueling walk from Quincy to the Blue Hill and back. Easily could consume a whole day- I’d advise starting before 9 if you plan to do the entire loop

A ton of stairs, jagged walkways, and numerous spurts of scrambling make doing this entire hike a pretty big challenge.

A bunch of great views- the best of which in my opinion all come from Buck Hill in the middle.

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.

Great trail. The Skyline is a great quick trail for a weekend morning. We had a lovely day and it’s very clean despite the traffic. We did half the skyline trail for a 2 hour hike.

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.

walking
2 months ago

You can easily spend the entire day on this trail. Many difficult slopes and interconnecting trails. I cast my vote to categorize this trail as 'Hard'.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a scenic and well-marked trail but unfortunately I had to turn back as I was swarmed by bugs despite multiple applications of 30% deet bug spray. Will return in a cooler, less buggy season.

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
2 months ago

Nice hike for the full day, very rocky indeed! We liked the view of Boston skyline at the top of the hills. We saw a really big snake, a deer, and on our way back heard some other animal roar and just ran along the trail to get away from that spot ASAP:) it was getting darker though, so I guess that’s why animals were coming closer with almost no people on the trail. So definitely a great trail, but better go in the morning-early afternoon to get back before dark.

Very little view of the water. Difficult to find trailhead until we realized it was off golf course entrance. Black flies were bad. Boardwalk section of trail was pretty enjoyable, despite needing repairs. Very easy hike.

This is no doubt a difficult trail: we kept joking that it goes uphill both ways , because it goes up and down a lot weather you’re going in or out. There’s a LOT and difficult areas with big rocks , this is definitely not for beginners or anyone with injuries : you could shorten it to any length you want because it is a loop you can just turn around when you’re halfway to what you want to do’ we did this in preparation for the Spartan Beast and it was a great workout with challenges !

The initial push up the hill can be a tad bit tricky, but nothing anyone can't handle. Big rocks to climb over and plenty of roots in some sections. Overall, I really nice hike and it wasn't too busy when we went.

hiking
3 months ago

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

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