Skyline Trail at Blue Hills Reservation
Visit Blue Hills Reservation to hike its Skyline Trail, or the shorter Skyline Loop, to catch a panoramic view of Boston's city skyline.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The Skyline Trail is accessible to beginners yet also suitable for hikers and runners looking to train for more difficult hikes. Its terrain includes a few rocky scrambles, which are easily conquered with careful footing.
Time To Complete
Hikers should allot around 3.5 hours to complete the Skyline Trail's 9.0 mile route. For a shorter hike more manageable for families, opt for the Skyline Loop and allot 1.75 hours.
Open year round from dawn ’til dusk. Not surprisingly, this Boston-area favorite can become crowded on weekends, especially during the summer. Trail runners especially may prefer to avoid the peak hours for trail traffic — between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
On Leash Only
Parking is free. No fees or permits are needed to hike or trail run. Camping overnight is only allowed in the cabins along Ponkapoag Pond. Call the Appalachian Mountain Club to reserve a cabin overnight at (781) 961-7007.