Blue Hills Skyline Trail

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Blue Hills Skyline Trail is a 12.7 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 are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3215 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Beautiful views, nice terrain, close to the City of Boston. Park, and walk on the north direction (.25mi) that closely follows the trail until you hit the Skyline Trail (blue marked). Take the Skyline trail West. At 1.5 miles on the Skyline Trail you will cross a road and be able to get a reservation map at the Reservation Headquarters for a nominal fee. You will successively ascend Hancock Hill, Hemingway Hill, and Wolcott Hill before you head for Great Blue Hill. Enjoy the Eliot Tower views. Shortly after the wood bridge there is the Skyline Ridge - South Trail. Keep walking west, and you will go through Houghton Hill before reaching the Reservation Headquarters again. Cross the road again and join the Skyline Trail. You have the option of retracing your steps from there, or you can also take a southern approach to your car if after Tucker Hill you head south towards Burn Hill. The trail will take you to your car.

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Nice view of Boston skyline!

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

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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.

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