Sunset Hike to the Top of Great Blue

Sunset Hike to the Top of Great Blue
Saturday, October 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Park at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St., Canton
(Blue Hills Trailside Museum South parking lot)

Please join us on  for a spectacular hike to view the sunset during peak foliage season. Bring your family and friends for this self-guided hike to the top of Great Blue. We’ll provide complimentary snacks at the bottom of the mountain to give you energy for the walk up and hot cider and apples at the top. You can even bring a picnic dinner to eat at the summit! This is your only opportunity to hike down Great Blue at night; after sunset (at approximately 6 p.m.), the ski area lights will be on to guide your way down.

For safety reasons, everyone must check in at the ski area at the base of the hill before and after hiking up. Park at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington St., Canton (Blue Hills Trailside Museum South parking lot). The Blue Hills Observatory will be open until 7:00 p.m. and will provide tours and viewing for a nominal charge.

The sunset hike is sponsored by Blue Hills Ski Area and the Friends of the Blue Hills.

For more information, email us:

Photo: Robert Millette (Brockton) “Sunrise from the Top  of the Observatory”

Photo by Roni Polsgrove of Canton.

10 Responses to “Sunset Hike to the Top of Great Blue”

  1. Alm says:

    I would like to go with my 5 year old son. Does this count as signing up?

  2. Eileen Frasier says:

    Is this on an easy trail or one of the more chalk ones? I have a 4 & 5 year old who may like this.

    • Your children might be able to make it to the top. It’s a one-mile hike up the hill, which is quite steep. If you take your time and don’t mind turning around if they get tired, you’ll be fine. If you walk up the ski slope, you’ll see the view very quickly, so it will be rewarding no matter how high you go. If you take the trails, it will be less steep, which is good, and there’s some rock scrambling, which is fun, but it’s in the woods, so you don’t get the view unless you make it to the top.

  3. Eileen Frasier says:


  4. Kjm says:

    What is the youngest age this hike would be suitable for?

  5. Sarah says:

    Will this event still take place with the rain ? thank you

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