Boston Harbor Spectacle Island

Winthrop, Massachusetts

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Once a landfill, Spectacle Island offers amazing views of Boston and the coast from the highest point in Boston Harbor. The main ferry departure points are Long Wharf in Boston and the Hingham Shipyard. The former offers more flexible times and is closer to attraction in Boston, while the latter is easy to reach by car. This hike explores Spectacle Island, which has been revitalized after serving as a landfill for many years. This route climbs the North Drumlin, then follows a portion of the island's perimeter trail (which is 1.8 miles long and ADA accessible) as it loops back to the pier.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston

by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Once a landfill, Spectacle Island offers amazing views of Boston and the coast from the highest point in Boston Harbor.
The main ferry departure points are Long Wharf in Boston and the Hingham Shipyard. The former offers more flexible times and is closer to attraction in Boston, while the latter is easy to reach by car.

This hike explores Spectacle Island, which has been revitalized after serving as a landfill for many years. This route climbs the North Drumlin, then follows a portion of the island's perimeter trail (which is 1.8 miles long and ADA accessible) as it loops back to the pier.

©  Michael Tougias/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Winthrop
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Boston North
Driving Directions: Directions to Boston Harbor: Spectacle Island

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Apr 2018