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
2,788 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.

hiking
9 hours ago

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 !

hiking
1 day ago

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
22 days ago

Should definitely be rated as strenuous. Mostly steep ups and downs with scattered, lose rocks. Only a few sections have rock stairs. Also my tracker said it was 13.7 miles not 11.9. Regardless of its challenge, the Skyline Trail is the most beautiful and exciting way to experience Blue Hills . It traverses all the best hills, most have views and some have open panoramic views. On a clear day you can see Boston and the ocean. Very easy trail to follow, just look for the blue blazes. Certainly worth the effort and I would definitely hike it again.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail is a good hike up. I love that it’s close by, easy access, can sometimes be a pain with parking on busy days. I like the option of climbing over rocks and a more adventurous ways up and down the mountain. Also good for strollers or elderly, with a paved path to walk up to. The hike up will make your blood pump, and be a decent work out.

25 days ago

moderate to difficult, very rocky

1 month ago

Gnarly rocky and rooty. If you’re not going up you’re going down or just about to do one or the other.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Quick and easy...great views!

hiking
2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

fantastic trail with beautiful views

hiking
4 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!

hiking
4 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.

5 months ago

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

7 months ago

a Must do

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 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

9 months ago

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

9 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Great trail, scenic views.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Steep climbs, very rocky, beautiful views.

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