Just minutes from the bustle of downtown Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. For residents at Ridge at Blue Hills looking to explore the living treasures of the Blue Hills, the reservation is a quick ride away with the MBTA Red Line (Braintree Line).
With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast of all fitness levels. Here are a few suggested hikes in the Blue Hills.
Short hike / kid-friendly
- Chickatawbut. A short hike with great views, this trail is lots of fun for children who like rock scrambling.
- Buck Hill via Skyline. Those folks looking for a short family hike that is kid friendly, would love this hour adventure. You can stretch it out if you pack a lunch to enjoy at the top of the hill.
- Fowl Meadow. Easy flat stroll. A great place for hiking near Boston with kids of all ages. The hike is in the open, so wear a hat and sun block. It can also be buggy, so consider bug repellent.
- Quincy Quarries. The whole family will enjoy picnicking on the grass, surrounded by colorful graffiti-covered cliffs.
- Great Blue Hill. Enjoy the fantastic view and one of best Boston hikes around. On a clear day, Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire, is visible close to 70 miles away!
- Buck Hill Orange to Blue Blaze. The rocky summit of Buck Hill offers a stellar 360 degree view of the surrounding region and is an invigorating climb.
- Hancock Hill. Don’t have a lot of time but want to go hiking Boston for a wonderful summit view? Follow the North Skyline Trail at Reservation Headquarters and ascend the first hill, stopping at the first summit. In July, check the top of Hancock Hill for wild blueberries.
- Skyline Loop Blue Blazes. This loop trail crosses several summits offering panoramic views, the highlight being Great Blue Hill, the highest peak on the Atlantic coast south of Maine.
Up for the Challenge?
- Skyline Trail. This hike is about nine miles long, with an elevation gain of approximately 2,500 feet. Since this requires a car at each end, it is not very suitable for the individual hiker. Instead, the simplest way is to head east along the Skyline Trail as far as you want to go, then return the same way.
These are mere suggestions for hiking in the Reservation. For a full list of trails, see the trail map here.
Please share your own experience on your journey of hiking near Boston in the Blue Hills in the comments!