Blue Hills Reservation hike part 2 - Loop Hike

This is not a beginner hike.  This hike is suitable for intermediate level hikers.   

We will meet at the Rt. 138 Park & Ride at 3173 Washington Street, Canton MA, ( on the left just after Dunkin Donuts and Suffolk Grill).  

We will hike up Big Blue 635' Summit on the Skyline Trail.  We will walk by the Weather Observatory and climb to the top of Elliot Tower for a 360 view (see image below).  We will then hike the North Skyline Trial to the Reservation Headquarters then onto Tucker, Boise and Buck Hill 496'.  We will then return on the Red Dot Trail then back up and over Big Blue on the South Skyline Trail.  (map link below).

Total distance:  7-8 miles

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. 

For our hike:

Vertical Rise:  

Distance:  7-8 miles

Trailhead:  Skyline Trail on RT 138, Canton MA

Directions: Take exit 2B of 93 North.

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 Hill

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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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.

Apres-hike:  The Chateau Restaurant 

404 Providence Highway, Route 1 North                                 Norwood, MA 02062



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  • Carol A.

    The weather gods treated us as kings and queens. The views, views and more views of Boston and the Harbor were regal. And it was a royal treat to spend a day with my hiking family. A special acknowledgement to Bob B - thank you for leading this adventure/workout!

    April 13, 2014

  • diane

    Why a great day for a a nice climb.. really enjoyed the hike.Thanks Bob

    April 13, 2014

  • Steven J.

    What can say about this hike, it had hills that worked legs, lungs, and heart. It had wonderful views to exercise the eyes. It had a great group of hikers who exercised the mine with good conversation & even better humor. Tks Bob, Carol Ann & Dave for a wonderful day and the weather wasn't bad either.

    April 13, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Thank you Bob, Carol Ann and Dave for such a great day! I really enjoyed the wonderful company, good workout and neat views!

    April 13, 2014

  • Bob B.

    Wow what a great day! We couldn't ask for better weather. The hike itself was a nice mixture of challenging climbs and level areas. We had a great group of hikers and made several new friends.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sue W

    Thanks for a fun hike, Bob. Great views, perfect weather, a bit of architecture, an interesting group and unexpectedly challenging. What more could we ask for?

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Liz Y.

    Really enjoyed meeting everyone, thank you all for being patient with us, we really thought we wouldn't have a problem keeping up with the group since we have hiked there a few times before. WRONG! I guess we are still beginners. Very nice group of people, and thanks again for your patience.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Arian F.

    Is it permissible to just show up to one of these? I don't want to say yes and have something come up and have to say no.

    April 11, 2014

    • Carol A.

      No. Please sign up or don't show up. If something 'comes up' then change your 'yes' to a 'no' please.

      April 11, 2014

  • Bob B.

    The weather is looking good for tomorrow's hike. Overnight rain will end early tomorrow morning. The parking lot we are meeting at is pretty large. I plan to be there early. Look for a Black Ford Taurus with RI plate # 455364. My cell phone number is[masked]-7675.
    We have four first time hikers planning to join us. Welcome to Liz, Jill, Katie and Kristina.

    April 11, 2014

    • Liz Y.

      Thank you, looking forward to it! My husband Wayne will be with me, we have been up to Blue Hills the past 3 weekends, but aren't the fastest hikers. I sure hope we don't slow anyone down. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

      April 11, 2014

    • Bob

      Bob forecast calls for showers through late morningand we all know what forecast means, I am bringing my rain gear.

      1 · April 11, 2014

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