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
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For our hike:
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 Hil (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html)l http://www.friendsofthebluehills.org/PDFs/dcr_map_1.pdf ls (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/blue-hills-reservation.html)
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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