Hike The Skyline Trail at Blue Hills

Hike The Skyline Trail at Blue Hills

Skyline Trail Trailhead

Distance

12.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2542 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Scenic

Forest trail enlivened by wildflowers leads you to incredible views of the sprawling Massachusetts wilderness. Some parts of the trail are steep and rocky, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes for this hike. The uphill effort is rewarded with spectacular views.

Park in the lot across from Batterymarch Rd off of Willard St. Access the Skyline trail from here, it is marked blue. Follow the signs. The trails in Blue Hills are perfect for training for backpacking because they are so steep and rocky. I would fill up a big pack and take the skyline trail up to the gorgeous views at the top. It is forested and leads past a couple of bodies of water. A perfect way to get out of the city!

Dogs are allowed and the trail is open March-October. 

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $100/night

Normanton Farms

Litchfield, New Hampshire

From $125/night

Souhegan Serenade

Merrimack, New Hampshire

From $120/night

The Snug Life

Wilton, New Hampshire

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Perfect in the fall

This is a beautiful spot to catch some foliage and go on a short hike in the fall months.

Great escape from the city!

I used to hike this trail with a full pack when I was training for backpacking trips. It is incredibly close to the city and an easy way to get out into nature. The views aren't spectacular, but it is definitely worth it! I went dozens of times.

Average

Short, easy hike, usually relatively crowded.

Distance

12.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2542 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

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