Monday, June 1, 2009

Blue Hills - Skyline Loop

We had a productive weekend! Baking bread and getting up at 8 am on a Sunday to go hiking... not too shabby. I don't really have anything more to say about the hike than I put in the description on Everytrail, so I'm just going to shamelessly repost it here:

Our first hike of the Spring was a local one. We're trying to try more of the parks around Boston so we can get more hiking in than when we are up in Maine. Neither of us had ever been to Blue Hills, even though it's only 30 minutes from where we live in Cambridge (though on the dreaded 93 South, which I think is the most frightening and frustrating stretch of highway I've ever been on).

The trail was fairly steep in parts, but they were balanced with some significant flat sections so you can catch your breath and still enjoy the scenery. It's also fairly short, so while not appropriate for Grandma and her bad hip, I think a wide range of fitness levels could enjoy it. Despite the trail's name, you're mainly under cover except when you reach Eliot Tower, which has some fantastic views of the surrounding area, including the city of Boston.

We arrived at about 9:30am on a beautiful Sunday (also "Mountain Biking Day") and saw around a dozen other sets of hikers... so I gather it's a pretty popular place. We look forward to coming back and trying some of the other trails... or perhaps just a longer section of Skyline.

I should also link to the website, trail map (PDF), and suggested hikes (PDF).

In two weeks I'll do my first hike of the year in Maine. Hopefully the weather is nice and the black flies all dead.

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