Skyline Trail Loop

MODERATE 88 reviews

Skyline Trail Loop is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Medford, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

trail running
6 days ago

I run at the Fells frequently and Skyline is a good trail. Not marked that well in some spots as you get to the southern end of it. Definitely keep your pace expectations in check. Very technical in some spots so it leans on the more difficult side of "moderate" if you are running it for time. Probably the best trail in the Fells for a challenging hike.

hiking
27 days ago

The classic here, nothing amazing but still worth doing if you can't get out of the city. The tower overlooking the city south, or up north, are the highlights

2 months ago

I’m new to backpacking and I am in training for bigger ,longer hikes. This trail is serving me well. It has many ascents and descents as well as ledge. Well marked . It is taking me between 4-41/2 hours depending on size of my pack.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of variety. Beautiful trail without too much traffic on a Saturday.

7 months ago

Great train, light traffic, can be done in parts, if you tire out just take a fire road close to it.

trail running
8 months ago

Great and local. Wish I knew about it when I was younger.

10 months ago

Great trail! Very well marked.

walking
11 months ago

Took a fantastic break from the city walking this trail. Highly recommend to anyone who doesn't have time to go very far but needs to get outside

hiking
11 months ago

Loved it! Actually a trail that gets your heart going. Took 4-5 hours with breaks and pups in tow. About half was up and down hills.

11 months ago

Great if you live in the city and need a midweek break from the chaos and crowds. Not very challenging terrain but enough to get the blood flowing and break a sweat. Planes flying overhead were a bit of a bummer so if you're looking to get some true peace and quiet, may not be the place for you. But I'll definitely head over during the week days!

hiking
11 months ago

Great moderate hike in the middle of the city! The terrain is rolling and can be rugged at times. The trail for the most part is clearly marked but there are some areas where you won't see a trail marker for a bit and you just have to wing it. There are some great views of Boston from Wright Tower. It is a great place to go if you want some solitude, I ran into very few people on my hike.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great hike near the city. You can make it long or short. Excellent view!

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Skyline Trail can be accessed via the South Border Road Parking Lot near Bellevue Pond. The parking lot is small and fills up quickly on weekends. You can see a view of the city from Wright's Tower at the beginning of the hike. Because of the number of trails crossing one another within the Middlesex Fells, there are plenty of opportunities to turn down the wrong trail, so keep a close eye on markers and grab a map at the trailhead. On the easier side of moderate, but definitely a good workout.

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