Blue Hills Skyline Trail

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Blue Hills Reservation

Blue Hills Skyline Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Quincy, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,689 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

hiking

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forest

lake

views

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NOTE: The route on this page has the hiker starting at the eastern terminus on Willard Street and going west. Hikers can also start from the western terminus. This alternate route can also be found on AllTrails. 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
1 day ago

I recommend going early and/or during the week. It gets crowded on the weekends. If you are a novice hiker. This leans on the upper end of moderate

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blowdown
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

One of our favorite spots! You can take a different trail each time and the kids love it. We love getting to the look out rock and stopping for a snack.

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rocky
10 days ago

This trail offers a surprising amount of elevation change, with steep climbs and rocky terrain. There are many scenic viewpoints throughout. Completing the entire thing is a workout; going round trip would be good endurance training.

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rocky
14 days ago

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rocky
14 days ago

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rocky
20 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails in MA. The trails are well marked and you can choose if you want to do more of a rocky hike or just walk a trail in the woods, depending which path you decide to take. They also have a beautiful little pond that I believe you can swim in. Also great spot for a picnic! Definitely will be back here again soon!

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rocky
22 days ago

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bugs
rocky
23 days ago

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bugs
off trail
private property
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scramble
24 days ago

Shitty took a Uber home. 10/10 ghetto not doing it again

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful

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blowdown
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rocky
1 month ago

Lots of people on this rocky trail. Good views, enjoyed the up-and-down terrain.

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scramble
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Yes, lots of people out during the virus and I have hiked it every non-rainy day since the lockdown started. Certain sections of the trail, e.g. the uphill portions heading west from the MSP are great exercise that can have you sucking wind. A great workout with some great views (e.g. Hancock Hill view of Boston). There are other excellent trails, e.g. Jeffries trail to top of Hemenway hill is all climb with good footing and some rocks if you want to find a less trafficked trail that will have your heart rate way up if you climb from Chestnut Run path side. Love this place for it's diversity.

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flooded
1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

It's a solid ramble from the Southern [Braintree end] up to Big Blue. Fairly steep and rocky in points with some nice vistas of the skyline and the Harbor, along with a lot of other aspects [from up here everything looks a lot less populous!]. Biggest liability is the lack of clear marking in places. Sure it is closer to roads and the city... you are literally a few miles from downtown Boston. The traffic is a bit heavier towards the Hill, of course. But, for urban area hiking, not a bad workout at all.

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