Blue Hills Reservation

Milton, Massachusetts

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2 Reviews
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Start at a sea-level pond and bog and, in just 0.5 mile, climb nearly 500 feet to Tucker Hill, passing through three separate ecosystems. Follow the high ridge along the much-loved Skyline Trail to Buck Hill (496 feet) with its views of the Boston skyline, Boston Harbor, and fantastic sunsets. Then return from scattered pine, hemlock, and scrub oak on the rocky ridgeline to lush lily pads, maples, and sandy bogs below.
Hiking Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Hiking Massachusetts

by Benjamin B. Ames (Falcon Guides)

Start at a sea-level pond and bog and, in just 0.5 mile, climb nearly 500 feet to Tucker
Hill, passing through three separate ecosystems. Follow the high ridge along the
much-loved Skyline Trail to Buck Hill (496 feet) with its views of the Boston skyline,
Boston Harbor, and fantastic sunsets. Then return from scattered pine, hemlock, and
scrub oak on the rocky ridgeline to lush lily pads, maples, and sandy bogs below.

© 2014 Benjamin B. Ames/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Milton
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best in Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Hills Reservation, (617) 698-1802; www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html
Local Maps: USGS Norwood, MA
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Hills Reservation

Recent Trail Reviews

2/24/2006
0

The trail system in the Blue Hills offer something for all skill and conditioning levels. My wife and I hike there year round. To be sure, the hills are not comparable to the White Mountains but I enjoy the varied terrain. On the Skyline Trail (marked with blue blazes)you might be hiking up a steep hill for 15 minutes, then down hill for a while, then back uphill. It gives a change of pace that you don't get in the White Mountains when you travel up or downhill for hours at a time. If you don't like hills (and some are very steep and rocky) there are nearly flat trails marked with green blazes.


9/11/2005
0

This reservation,is in my opinion,well worth the trip. The trail system offers excellent hiking\mountain biking etc. for just about any skill level. The trails were very well maintained and very clearly blazed, I definately will return in the near future. Just the view of the boston skyline is something to marvel at, not to mention other attractions including an observatory and museum also. All in all this will remain one of my favorites for some time to come.



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