Hiking Blue Hills. . .

was the perfect way to spend the morning with my kids.  Today they had a day off from school because it was an inservice day for teachers.  I love when the school tacks on an extra day to a long weekend, especially when it’s a Tuesday, because we get to do something and avoid the crowds of the weekend.  We were so lucky today because not only did they have a day off, but it was sunny and 80 degrees!!

If you haven’t noticed already I really enjoy being outside and being able to disconnect for a while and Blue Hills Reservation is the perfect place to do that.  When I first took the kids a few years ago I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed.  The place is enormous!  I covers 6,000 acres spanning the towns of Quincy, Milton, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham. So the first thing I did was print out a map. You can click on the link below for that.

I also look to tripadvisor  for a lot of tips and reviews of trails.  So far, our favorite trails have been Skyline, and Coon Hollow Path.  Depending on where we want to start, that determines what hikes we will do.   Coon Hollow Path starts at the Trailside museum and is a great hike I’ll tell you about another day.  Today we parked at Houghton’s Pond and  started up Breezy Hill and hit Skyline and headed over Tucker Hill to Tucker Hill Path and back down Breezy Hill.  The hike took about an hour with my kids who are 11 and 9 and my two nieces ages 7 and 5.  I would say it’s one of the more challenging trails and the kids loved climbing up rocks to reach the top of Skyline where we stopped for a snack and water break. The trails are well marked and you can follow along on your map.  There is a beautiful view of the Blue Hills Observatory Science Center from one point on the trail.
When we got to the bottom we hit Jenna’s Place and got some slushies to cool off, the kids played in the playground, and then we walked along Houghton’s Pond. In a few more weeks I’m sure it will beautiful when the leave change colors.  I’m hoping in the next year to two to get the kids up to Mt. Monadnock in NH, but for now Blue Hills is a perfect hiking spot only 30 minute drive from our house.  Where are your favorite hiking spots? If you have any special tips about Blue Hills I’d love to hear them.
Thank you for reading,
Heather

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