Friends of the Blue Hills http://friendsofthebluehills.org Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Skyline from Headquarters to Eliot Tower: Vigorous Hike with Views http://friendsofthebluehills.org/skyline-bluehills/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/skyline-bluehills/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:39:08 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7115 The Skyline trail traverses the entire Blue Hills, but you don’t need to walk the whole trail to climb strenuous hills and enjoy spectacular views.

This is about a two hour hike if you are walking at a moderate pace with a couple water breaks. Leave more time if you want to picnic at Eliot Tower or check out the Blue Hill Observatory.

Start at the trailhead behind the Blue Hills Headquarters. At the beginning of the trail (no more than a minute walk in), you’ll see a turn for the Skyline Trail off to your right. Follow the blue [...]]]> The Skyline trail traverses the entire Blue Hills, but you don’t need to walk the whole trail to climb strenuous hills and enjoy spectacular views.

This is about a two hour hike if you are walking at a moderate pace with a couple water breaks. Leave more time if you want to picnic at Eliot Tower or check out the Blue Hill Observatory.

Start at the trailhead behind the Blue Hills Headquarters. At the beginning of the trail (no more than a minute walk in), you’ll see a turn for the Skyline Trail off to your right. Follow the blue dots to climb up Hancock Hill, skirt Hancock Hill and over Hemenway Hill. You’ll cross Wolcott Path (marker 1141), where you can look at the map to make sure you’re on the right trail. Continue straight, following the blue markers all the way to Eliot Tower. Take the time to climb the tower and enjoy the view. If you’d like, you can also take a left (South) and look for the Blue Hill Weather Observatory, which is the oldest continuously operating climate station in the country.

If you’re not visiting the Observatory, just take a left when you get to Eliot Tower and take the next trail down to your left at marker 1066. Again, you’re following the blue dots all the way down to Hillside Street. You can take a left on Hillside Street to end at the Headquarters building.

Park: At small parking lot across from Headquarters (695 Hillside Street, Milton) or park at Houghton’s Pond and walk to the Headquarters.

Photos: Brian MacLean, Milton

Brian MacLean Skyline from hQ to Eliot

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Join us for Winter Fest! http://friendsofthebluehills.org/join-us-for-winter-fest-february-24th-5-8-p-m/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/join-us-for-winter-fest-february-24th-5-8-p-m/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:24:06 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7111 Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain [...]]]> Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest!

Join us on Tuesday, February 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up to the company of old and new friends. You’ll be able to kick back with a beer from Blue Hills Brewery and purchase additional refreshments at the snack bar.

Blue Hills Ski Area will be offering discounted ski tickets for the night. If planning to ski, print the front page of www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or the FBH Facebook page and bring it to the event. For more information, email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

 

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Enjoy the Strive for 35 Challenge Video http://friendsofthebluehills.org/strive-for-35-challenge-video/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/strive-for-35-challenge-video/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:12:53 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=6931

David Dobrindt of Milton is the founder of the Milton Running Club.  Each weekend, members train in the Blue Hills Reservation, so David was thrilled to hear about the Strive for 35 Challenge.  He registered himself and the MRC and both have completed the Challenge!  Here is a short video which captures the fun David had doing the Challenge with his daughter Emily and the other members of the MRC.

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David Dobrindt of Milton is the founder of the Milton Running Club.  Each weekend, members train in the Blue Hills Reservation, so David was thrilled to hear about the Strive for 35 Challenge.  He registered himself and the MRC and both have completed the Challenge!  Here is a short video which captures the fun David had doing the Challenge with his daughter Emily and the other members of the MRC.

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Donate to the 35 Years and Counting Campaign http://friendsofthebluehills.org/35-years/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/35-years/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:17:11 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7101 Please join people like Laura Beebe and donate to the ’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign’ to make sure all of us can continue to enjoy the Blue Hills for years to come.

 

 

With your donation, you are joining a proud 35-year tradition of protecting the park.

With your support today, you will help:

  • Maintain the trails so everyone can explore the park
  • Remove invasive species that so that everyone can enjoy healthy forests
  • Celebrate the park… so that people can visit the park for 35 years… and beyond.

Please donate to the’35 [...]]]> Please join people like Laura Beebe and donate to the ’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign’ to make sure all of us can continue to enjoy the Blue Hills for years to come.

Donate Now!

 

 

With your donation, you are joining a proud 35-year tradition of protecting the park.

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New Board member Laura Beebe donated to the ’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign.

With your support today, you will help:

  • Maintain the trails so everyone can explore the park
  • Remove invasive species that so that everyone can enjoy healthy forests
  • Celebrate the park… so that people can visit the park for 35 years… and beyond.

Please donate to the’35 Years and Counting’ Campaign’ today!

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

 

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Woodcock Walk in Fowl Meadow http://friendsofthebluehills.org/wookcock-walk-in-fowl-meadow/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/wookcock-walk-in-fowl-meadow/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:21:12 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7097 Saturday Evening, March 28, 6:00 pm – Woodcock Walk in Fowl Meadow

FBH joint walk with Brookline Bird Club. Hike 1 mile to witness the spring mating flight of the American Woodcock. Bring binoculars. 2 hours. Meet at Paul’s Bridge parking lot on Neponset Valley Pkwy. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Saturday Evening, March 28, 6:00 pm – Woodcock Walk in Fowl Meadow

FBH joint walk with Brookline Bird Club. Hike 1 mile to witness the spring mating flight of the American Woodcock. Bring binoculars. 2 hours. Meet at Paul’s Bridge parking lot on Neponset Valley Pkwy. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Blue Hills Bird Walk http://friendsofthebluehills.org/blue-hills-brid-walk/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/blue-hills-brid-walk/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:19:46 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7096 Saturday, March 28, 8:00 am – Blue Hills Bird Walk

FBH joint walk with Brookline Bird Club. Several short hikes, each about one mile, the first of which is steep, to look for early spring migrants. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars and bird book. 4.5 hours. Meet at the small parking lot on Chickatawbut Road just off Randolph Ave. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Saturday, March 28, 8:00 am – Blue Hills Bird Walk

FBH joint walk with Brookline Bird Club. Several short hikes, each about one mile, the first of which is steep, to look for early spring migrants. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars and bird book. 4.5 hours. Meet at the small parking lot on Chickatawbut Road just off Randolph Ave. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Houghton Section Hike http://friendsofthebluehills.org/houghton-section-hike/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/houghton-section-hike/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:18:03 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7095 Saturday, Mar. 7, 10:00 am – Houghton Section Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. 7-mile hike on a variety of trails with several views and lunch atop Buck Hill. 5 hours. Meet at Houghton’s Pond lot. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Saturday, Mar. 7, 10:00 am – Houghton Section Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. 7-mile hike on a variety of trails with several views and lunch atop Buck Hill. 5 hours. Meet at Houghton’s Pond lot. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Chickatawbut Section Snowshoe/Hike http://friendsofthebluehills.org/chickatawbut-section-hike/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/chickatawbut-section-hike/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:16:35 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7094 Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:00 am – Chickatawbut Section Snowshoe/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles in the most remote area of the Blue Hills, or hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow. 5 hours. Meet at Shea Ice Rink. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:00 am – Chickatawbut Section Snowshoe/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles in the most remote area of the Blue Hills, or hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow. 5 hours. Meet at Shea Ice Rink. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Eastern Section Snowshoe/ Hike http://friendsofthebluehills.org/eastern-section-hike/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/eastern-section-hike/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:14:36 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7093 Sunday, Jan. 18, 10:00 am – Eastern Section Snowshoe/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles over moderate terrain, or hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow. 5 hours. Meet at Shea Ice Rink. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Sunday, Jan. 18, 10:00 am – Eastern Section Snowshoe/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles over moderate terrain, or hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow. 5 hours. Meet at Shea Ice Rink. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Ponkapoag Pond Ski/ Hike http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ponkapoag-pond-hike/ http://friendsofthebluehills.org/ponkapoag-pond-hike/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:13:23 +0000 http://friendsofthebluehills.org/?p=7092 Sunday, Jan. 3, 10:00 am – Ponkapoag Pond Ski/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles, or hike 8 miles if no snow, around pond. 5 hours. Meet at Ponkapoag Golf Course. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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Sunday, Jan. 3, 10:00 am – Ponkapoag Pond Ski/Hike

FBH joint hike with AMC. Snowshoe 6 miles, or hike 8 miles if no snow, around pond. 5 hours. Meet at Ponkapoag Golf Course. Leader: Steve Olanoff, 781-326-6585.

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