Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond

Canton, Massachusetts 02021

Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond

Blue Hills: Ponkapoag Pond Professional Guide

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"A short hike to a quaking bog via Maple Avenue gives you a chance to see diverse and rare plant species, while the pond loop trail of fers the option of a longer outing."

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"Another hike within the vast Blue Hills Reservation land, this is a route of interesting extremes. On one end of Ponkapoag Pond is an Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) encampment, while on the opposite end, the trail passes through a verdant golf course. Within minutes you can be deep in the pine forest losing your thoughts in nature, or just as quickly be skirting patches of heavy residential presence through the trees. Begin from the parking area off Randolph Street, which is really a series of alcoves on a potholed gravel access road surrounded by wooden guardrails. Walk eastward down a hill on this road, and you’ll begin to catch glimpses of the pond through the trees. Once on the Ponkapoag Trail, you’ll pass through low-lying swampy woods on either side. Even though you’re on a well-graded sand and gravel access road, the surface can get muddy during spring or after significant precipitation." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"A hike to the observation tower takes you through a variety of woodland terrain and affords an outstanding view at the top." Read more
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"At 230 acres, Ponkapoag Pond is the largest and most remote body of water found within the Blue Hills Reservation. This walk on one of the less commonly traveled trails will provide you and your pup with peace and relaxation, all within a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit during fall to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors reflected on the lake. From the parking lot, stop at the kiosk to examine a good map of the reservation. Continue to the right of the buildings on a paved road lined with large maple trees. Fittingly named the “Avenue of Maples,” this road is not open to traffic, but watch out for an occasional golf cart. At the end of the road, turn right and walk through a gate onto a smooth dirt path. Green disks mark this trail as it travels around the circumference of the pond." Read more

Blue Hills: Ponkapoag Pond Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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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2 hours
USGS Norwood
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Dec 2018