Blue Hills Reservation Great Blue Hill

Canton, Massachusetts 02021

Blue Hills Reservation Great Blue Hill

Blue Hills Reservation: Great Blue Hill Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This green-blazed loop encircles the Great Blue Hill section of Blue Hills Reservation lands. Often covering the lesser-traveled stretches, you’ll also experience a spur along the Skyline Trail scrambling up steep rock leading to the shell of an old stone dwelling and tower high up on a ridge with horizon views.

Terrain ranges from rock ridges and vernal pools to wide-open mature pine groves. Explanations for the name Blue Hills
range from the type of granite that figures so prominently along the route to the bluish tint of the foliage when viewed from afar."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"This 2.8-mile loop meanders through the Great Blue Hill section of the reservation. It follows the cols between the hills, never ascending to any of the summits."
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"While sailing along the Atlantic coastline, early European explorers named these hills for their bluish hue. Today, the Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, and provides a green oasis within minutes of downtown Boston. Highest of the twenty-two hills in the chain, Great Blue Hill rises 635 feet above the surrounding towns. With its varied terrain, scenic vistas, and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for you and your dog."

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Trail Information

Canton
Nearby City
3.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Access
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
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