Blue Hills Reservation hike

This hike is suitable for intermediate level hikers. We will hike approximately 8 miles in one of the Boston area's hidden gems.

As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance events, please do not use the "no rsvp" unless you previously rsvp'd yes and need to change your plans. We make this request because all rsvp responses become emails to the leaders. If you have not signed up as a yes, then we already know you are a "no" so please conserve on the emails. Other Meetup groups may have a different rsvp preference. 

Please note that I've never hiked this trail -thus - while the trails are marked and I have a map, I don't know this area like the back of my hand. And a lot of trails weave and intersect crazily through this reservation.

For our hike:

Vertical Rise:  1370 ft.

Distance:  8 +/- miles

Trailhead:  42 degrees 13'26" N, 71 degrees 04"12" W

Directions:  From the junction of MA 28 and I-93 (exit 5), drive 1.4 miles north ON MA-28 to the first traffic light at Chickatawbut Road.  Turn right.  Park immediately in a small gravel lot on the right. 

The DCR Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. Rising above the horizon, Great Blue Hill reaches a height of 635 feet, the highest of the 22 hills in the Blue Hills chain. From the rocky summit visitors can see over the entire metropolitan area. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast.

Link:  Link to Blue Hills

The Blue Hills were so named by early European explorers who, while sailing along the coastline, noticed the bluish hue on the slopes when viewed from a distance. More than ten thousand years before those Europeans arrived, Native Americans made their home in the hills. The Natives referred to themselves as Massachusett, or "people of the great hills". Eventually the Europeans began settling in this region. The colonists built houses and barns, cleared fields for crops and livestock and logged the hillsides for lumber.

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I am participating in this event with the understanding that manyphotos will be taken and it is likely that I will appear in one or more photos. And the Connecticut Hiking Alliance takes a LOT of photos! And we post many many! Be forewarned. If you are in the witness protection program, this group is not for you. 

Equipment/Hiking Wear: As with all Connecticut Hiking Alliance hikes, hiking shoes/hiking boots are a must as we hike on hiking trails not walking paths. Proper clothing is also important; please dress appropriately and be prepared for changing conditions taking layers off or putting them on may be needed during the stretch of a hike and perhaps facing a pop up shower. 

Please bring a chocolate (dark) bar for Carol Ann.

Cotton is NOT appropriate wear when executing activities where you sweat and cool therefore please select your hiking apparel with this in mind... denim is off limits as it becomes heavy and uncomfortable hindering your ability to hike and keep pace with the group. 

If you have trouble on the hike, you will negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of the group. If you are uncertain as to what clothing or items are considered hiking wear, please email me directly, or email any of the co-organizers. We will also be able to share referrals to suppliers of both new and gently used hiking apparel and supplies. 

Food and Drink: Snacks - especially proteins and sugars and water. You don't want to run out of water. If you aren't properly nourished you WILL have trouble on the hike and will negatively impact the enjoyment for the rest of the group.

NOTE: Please make any general comments regarding how to improve or alter the overall processes of all the outings in the DISCUSSIONS tab. Requests for autographs should go through my marketing coordinator. Questions and comments to this event should be posted below. To communicate with a specific individual member - please email them directly (through meet up) rather than posting comments. Postings become announcements to everyone which can be annoying. The postings to the site should be topics that would be pertinent to all members. Meetup sites all have email functions for conversations between members. 


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  • Eugenia

    Very enjoyable hike!

    March 9

  • Carol A.

    Most of my pics are horrid... I changed the white balance accidentally and didn't catch it until end of hike... bummer.

    March 9

  • Carol A.

    A hidden gem - plus clear blue skies enabled us great views of Boston and the Harbor. And best of all the company! Come out to play again soon please.

    March 9

  • Tom

    A perfect day for a.hike!

    March 9

  • Bob B.

    We were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day, warm temperatures and a great hike! Thanks Carol and Dave for getting us through the maze of trails. I hope the CT group hikes here again.

    March 9

  • Jennifer

    Great day!
    Thank you Carol Ann and Dave!

    March 8

  • Dave C.

    Working on a muscle injury, so doing a different hike to see how it goes and hopefully be able to join you on the AT hike. Have a great time!

    March 8

  • Carol A.

    We've found a great suggestion for the Apres HIke - Thanks to Laurie! Please jot this down to avoid scrambling for directions after the hike:
    The Fat Cat
    24 Chestnut Street
    Quincy MA[masked]

    March 8

  • Carol A.

    If anyone is up for carpooling we could meet along the way...

    March 7

    • Wade

      Could I Join you?

      March 7

    • Sue W

      Hi Wade-I sent you an e-mail through the Meetup system.

      March 7

  • Wade

    I would like to carpool ...when and where

    March 7

  • Linda

    Change in plans this weekend. Enjoy the hike!

    March 6

  • Rich

    Exams week :( I'll be back soon!

    March 4

    • Donna V.

      Serious bummer, I was looking forward to seeing you Rich! Good luck on your exams!

      March 6

  • scott

    Hi, have to cancel, been working seven days a week. I miss hiking and the nice people. Hope to be back on the trail soon.

    March 4

    • Carol A.

      We miss you too! Are you an IRS agent?

      March 5

  • Eric M.

    I wish I could have caught a hike prior. I'm glad I joined.

    September 15, 2013

    • Carol A.

      This hike is next year. you have plenty of time.

      October 1, 2013

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