The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Boston

Hiking and climbing at Blue Hills Reservation

Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk in the Blue Hills Reservation.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Blue Hills Reservation

Address: 695 Hillside St.
Phone: 617.698.1802

Just a short ways out of the Boston Hub, Blue Hills Reservation is a 7,000-acre four-seasons park accessible via city bus. For hikers, connect with the Skyline Trail trailhead near the Shea Ice Rink off the 238 Bus. The iconic trail crosses nine miles from east to west, skirting the ridgeline that touches most of the area’s peaks. Out and back could take a majority of the day, but the diverse terrain offerings and well-marked blue trail are worth it. Grab a trail map from the reservation’s visitor's center, as the area has over 125 miles of trails. For rock climbers, Quincy Quarries features a series of technical routes ranging from beginner to expert. From the top of the quarries take in sweeping views of downtown Boston and the adjacent Harbor Islands.

GETTING THERE: From Boston Common: From Park Street stop take the Red Line (Braintree Line) to Ashmont Station. Take Bus #238 outbound to the West Street and Willard Street stop. Across the street is Shea Skating Rink, and next to it the St. Moritz Pond Nature Trail, entrance to the reservation trail system.

TRAVEL TIME: About 45 minutes.

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