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

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

14 days ago

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

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Great trail, scenic views.

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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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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.