Blue Hills Skyline Trail

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Blue Hills Skyline Trail is a 11.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Quincy, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2788 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Blue Hills Reservation is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination located about 10 miles south of downtown Boston. The Massachusetts State Park offers more than 125 miles of trails and is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped conservation land within the Boston metropolitan area. The park offers spectacular views and is a great place to see fall foliage. Visitors interested in the reservation's ecology will enjoy the numerous swamps, ponds, marshes and meadows, as well as a number of endangered species. The Blue Hills Skyline Trail features varied terrain and fantastic views of Eliot Tower and the Boston Skyline. The hiking trail summits a number of hills including Hancock Hill, Hemingway Hill, Wolcott Hill and Great Blue Hill at an altitude of 635 feet - the highest point in the reservation. The trailhead can be accessed from the Willard Street parking area. Horseback riding, trail running and cross-country skiing are also popular activities. Visitors interested in purchasing a reservation map for the best trails in the park can do so at the Reservation Headquarters office.

15 days ago

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

21 days ago

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

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22 days ago

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.

27 days ago

Quick and easy...great views!

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27 days 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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

fantastic trail with beautiful views

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

5 months ago

a Must do

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6 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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

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6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Did a 16 mile loop. Id say its about accurate for moderate. loved it!

7 months ago

The best option if you need something close to Boston. It's a decent hike, views aren't the best at the top...but I appreciate a convenient way to "get out" of the city.

8 months ago

it was great hiking trail. it a great cardio work out. but at the end was. a beautiful scenery.

8 months ago

very challenging as a first timer, but i enjoyed the fresh air and sounds of nature.

8 months ago

Great trail, scenic views.

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8 months ago

Great views, well worth it! Generally moderate, with a couple of rock scrambles that could boarder on challenging for novice hikers.

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

The best way to enjoy Blue Hills. The Skyline trails has lots of rocky ups and downs as it traverses the ridge. Every once in a while you will be greeted with a great view of the valley. The Elliot Tower has views all the way to Boston.

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10 months ago

Steep climbs, very rocky, beautiful views.

10 months ago

Nice view of Boston skyline!

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10 months ago

Great place to hike. There are multiple paths with area's that have steep inclines. View from the top is beautiful.

11 months ago

Blue line trail is a well marked out and back trail. It is a moderate to moderate hard trail for newbies like me. For avid hikers it may be less than moderate. I went in May memorial weekend Sunday and the temperature and weather was perfect. I did find a lot of caterpillar like worms hanging from the trees by strands of web. Anyone know which insect or butterfly these turn out to be? Check the photos in my profile.

I started the hike at houghton pond , at 1030 am, going east and back from Chickawabut road. I reached back at 4.

I would suggest definitely making a stop at houghton pond to cool your heels literally. Also buck hill and nahantan hill summits offer great views of Boston.

The negatives would be the roar of the highways at some parts and scramble across some of the park roads which are quite busy. Get a bug or mosquito spray if coming in may and also cover your legs.

Monday, May 08, 2017

super crowded so trail running wouldn't be realistic - great views of the city - plenty of spots to stop for a picnic - family friendly - cool pit stop on the bottom to check out the animals

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

This family friendly, pet friendly, hike was a nice start to the 2017 hiking season. I would rate the well marked trails as easy to barely moderate. We were fortunate to have great weather which made the hike even more enjoyable. It is still early spring so the leaves were not fully developed yet.
This hike was enjoyable enough for a revisit. There are so many trails that my grandson and I could easily spend another day there hiking. The fall should be a real nice time to plan another hike there.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

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