Buck Hill Orange to Blue Blaze

For great views and some of the best hiking around Boston head for Buck Hill. The rocky summit of Buck Hill is a great place to start if you want hiking around Boston. Buck Hill offers a stellar 360 degree view of the surrounding region and is an invigorating climb for anyone who wants hiking around Boston. From the Houghton’s Pond bulletin board, walk towards the beach and pass by the bathhouse. At intersection 2053 turn left onto the orange blazed Prescott Trail and follow it to intersection 2210. Take a left on the blue blazed Skyline Trail and proceed up Buck Hill. At the top of Buck Hill you’ll truly appreciate that hiking around Boston affords you great views of Boston as well as the rest of the Blue Hills. The Skyline Trail will take you back to Hillside Street across from the Police Station. Turn left and follow the road back to Houghton’s Pond.

Directions to some of the best hiking around Boston, beginning at Houghton’s Pond:
By car: Take Exit 3 (Houghton’s Pond, Ponkapoag Trail exit) from Rte. 93. Follow the signs to Houghton’s Pond.
Public transportation to hiking around Boston that starts at Hougnton’s Pond: MBTA: Houghton’s Pond is accessible from the Red Line to Ashmont Station. From Ashmont, take the trolley to Mattapan. Take the Canton and Blue Hills bus service and exit the bus at Blue Hill River Road. Cross the road and walk one mile east on Hillside Street. Call JBL Bus line for details: 781-843-4505. No Sunday service.

Note on hiking around Boston:
If you’re interested in hiking around Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation is only 20 minutes away and offers some of the best hiking around Boston. For other suggestions on hiking around Boston in the Blue Hills, visit our hiking near Boston page.

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