Blue Hills

Milton, Massachusetts

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The Blue Hills Reservation is one of the premiere mountain biking areas in Eastern Massachusetts because of its extensive trail system and varied terrain. Bordered by six cities and towns, the reservation encompasses about 7,000 acres, a good portion of which is available for mountain biking. Blue Hills is called a reservation because it is a forest reserve with the land owned by the state. The state governs the activities within the reserve and polices the property. Depending on your biking stamina and skill, it's easy to loop a 12 to 20 mile ride together or to do a brief jaunt. The trails on the Hills are of rooted Eastern singletrack with small rocks, sand, and even some fairly large boulders that test your agility and nerve. Aside form some challenging terrain, the most difficult aspect of Blue Hills is the climbs. They range from paved fire roads to rutted doubletrack to snakes or rooty singletrack that rise up to the sky. Terrain: Paved fire roads, doubletrack, and singletrack. Abundant loose rocks with medium-sized drop-offs. moderate amount of packed dirt.
Mountain Bike America: Boston

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Mountain Bike America: Boston

by Jeff Cutler (The Globe Pequot Press)

The Blue Hills Reservation is one of the premiere mountain biking areas in Eastern Massachusetts because of its extensive trail system and varied terrain. Bordered by six cities and towns, the reservation encompasses about 7,000 acres, a good portion of which is available for mountain biking. Blue Hills is called a reservation because it is a forest reserve with the land owned by the state. The state governs the activities within the reserve and polices the property.

Depending on your biking stamina and skill, it's easy to loop a 12 to 20 mile ride together or to do a brief jaunt. The trails on the Hills are of rooted Eastern singletrack with small rocks, sand, and even some fairly large boulders that test your agility and nerve. Aside form some challenging terrain, the most difficult aspect of Blue Hills is the climbs. They range from paved fire roads to rutted doubletrack to snakes or rooty singletrack that rise up to the sky. Terrain: Paved fire roads, doubletrack, and singletrack. Abundant loose rocks with medium-sized drop-offs. moderate amount of packed dirt.

©  Jeff Cutler/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Milton
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 520 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: The reservations opens for mountain biking on April 15 each year and closes on December 31.
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 675 feet
Local Contacts: Metropolitan District Commission, 617-698-1802
Local Maps: USGS Norwood; There are detailed maps for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding available at the ranger station across the road from the main parking lot.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Hills

Recent Trail Reviews

4/17/2009
1

A fantastic series of trails, especially so close to the city. Perfect level of difficulty for an intermediate rider. Steep enough climbs to give you a great workout (I had to walk my bike in two spots), but another great downhill to make the climbs worth it. Up-and-down terrain, which makes the entire ride enjoyable. Wooded trails, a couple of small water-crossings, very few people (even on a 70-degree Friday afternoon). Recommend the yellow-arrow-marked 4.5 mile loop. Took me about 90 minutes.


8/26/2008
1

The blue hills are definately a great bunch of trails. You will feel the burn in your legs and your lungs. There are a good amount of rock gardens and rooted areas. Not all that crowded even on weekends.


10/22/2005
0

Great for beginners and entermedeate riders some harder down hill sections. You can easley navigate and I do not see how you could get lost. A farley hard clime up but its defentley worth it,mostley downhill but there are some steep climes that are unespected so you have to manetane a fast past. You will also see other riders unlike Arcadea and other locale places I hate.



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