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Blue Hills Reservation is a 6000 acre state park located only 10 miles south of downtown Boston, covering parts of Quincy, Canton, Braintree, Milton, Dedham, and Randolph. It's one of the largest parcels of undeveloped recreation land within the Boston area. A vast network of multi-use trails offers a variety of year-round activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing. The varied terrain includes wetlands and forests, and the rolling hills provide access to great views. From from mid-December to mid-March you can do downhill skiing at the beginner-friendly Blue Hills Ski Area. In the park you can also find the Blue Hills Trailside museum, offering both indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. This museum is affiliated with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Parking is available across the street from the Reservation Headquarters on Hillside Street, or at the parking lot at Houghton's Pond.

trail running
15 days ago

Parked along Chickatawbut Road near gate. Went up Buck Hill first then over to Hawk Hill but ran out of time. It was getting dark so couldn't quite make Chickatawbut Hill too. Was hoping these 3 peaks would net out at +1,000' elevation gain. This will have to wait for another day! Great trek, give it a try. Only tricky thing is crossing the road but friendly drivers will stop for you, just be careful. Cheers!

hiking
19 days ago

Got lost a few times (twice) because some markers aren’t as easy to spot but the trail is pretty good. Definitely recommend

I️ grew up right on this hill. I️ bring my dog all the time up there, and she runs freely. Just be careful because there are some horses on the trail some times.

There are two ways to go. You can take the shorter way which is a smaller loop of the hill. Or, you could continue straight down and do parallel to the road and do the bigger loop. Nice views, and I️ love being in the woods.

This trail is beautiful but it is definitely challenging!

hiking
1 month ago

I used to love this trail. The last time I was here to come to relax, I left the opposite of relaxed and was very unhappy. While on the trail, two different people allowed their large dogs to bolt at me, jump on me, and growl at me while their owners shouted “sorry” and practically crawled to my rescue. It was also a muddy day so needless to say, when the dogs jumped on me I had mud all over my clothes. Both times, I expressed that this wasn’t ok and to please leash the dogs, while the owners didn’t say anything to me and kept walking with their dogs unleashed. The first time this happened on my way towards the golf course, I was annoyed but thought it was a fluke since I hadn’t had this issue before. The second time this happened on the same hike and a different person I was thinking “Again? You’ve got to be kidding me.” I’m an animal lover, but this really isn’t ok. I can also see this as a huge problem for folks coming who have small children or a phobia of dogs... or who simply don’t want to have a dog charge and jump on them? Dog people - please leash your dogs here. It’s really not fair to the other hikers who are just trying to enjoy their hike.

Excellent Sunday hiking with no crowds.

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

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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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
3 months 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.

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
4 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'.

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