Saturday, May 14, 2011

Great Blue Hill

Great Blue Hill
Blue Hills Reservation
Difficulty:  Easy

Overcast the entire hike, but the rain held off, lucky us! This reservation is located just outside of Boston and didn't take long to get to. Our meetup group, Beginners & Intermediate Hikers Over 40/50, at http://www.meetup.com/Beginers-and-intermediate-hikers-over-40-50/, was supposed to meet at the Blue Hills Reservation Headquarters parking lot at Houghton Pond. But there was a detour on Hillside Street due to a bike race so not all of us could get to the parking lot via Hillside. Some of us ended up in the parking lot of Picnic Area 5 and were able to meet up with the rest of the group on the short half mile hike to the headquarters.

The Skyline Trail is originally a 9 mile hike. But we did the shorter version picking up the trail at the Reservation Headquarters, and looping around back to the Headquarters.  The trail is well marked with blue blazes and my favorite parts of the hike were....you guessed it! Scrambling over the rocks and boulders! The total hike took us 2 hours at a moderate pace also ascending Hancock, Hemmingway and Wolcott Hills before heading for Great Blue Hill (altitude 635 feet). We even had time for lunch at the summit as well as some photo ops from the tower. At the summit I was able to Facebook 'Check-In' with a strong cellphone signal.

All in all, it was a perfect day for a hike, not too hot nor cold. And for me, it was a change of scenery from the trails of the White Mountains.


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Cody came along with her mom Caroline!




Eliot Tower at the summit




2 comments:

Jamie Cameron said...

Daggone! What a flood of memories. I grew up about three miles from "Big" Blue and hiked it extensively with my family and friends. That hill was in the skyline of my life for 19 years. If I close my eyes, I can remember every step, every rock, all the way to the top. Thanks for sharing this.

Lovey's Adventures said...

So glad you enjoy it Jamie! :)