Blue Hills Skyline Trail

MODERATE 217 reviews
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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.

12.7 miles 3215 feet 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.

hiking
8 days ago

backpacking
21 days ago

Such a great trail! Lots of variety. It reminds me of hiking in the southern Berkshires. The view from Buck Hill is just absolutely incredible; best on the trail. If you are deciding on doing just a section of the trail, definitely include that part. Lots of rock and lots of ups and downs; if you do it all in one day, you'll be exhausted, haha!

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1 month ago

This (BLUE) skyline trail is level, uphill, Rocky, steep, wildlife, awesome views and a beautiful piece of preserved land. I, hike here almost everyday.
Except for the slobs whom leave there trash, it is a beautiful wooded area.

Take your trash/pick up after your dog, please.

Sam, AKA Chief1Wing

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but there are some steep incline/declines that are very rocky.

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backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent trails though some areas damaged by graffiti beautiful vistas and lots of frendly people but not too crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

The starting point in this app is not actually the beginning point, thus it was a bit confusing. I did notice the green dot trail (which I primarily followed) and the skyline trail which was apparently marked with blue blazes. The trails span far and wide and cross a road, so it was a bit confusing to find my car afterwards. I will go back again though.. now that I got the lay of the land!

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3 months ago

Love this trail. the best.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice view of Boston downtown. Cool trail.