Sunset Hike to the Top of Great Blue

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Saturday, October 15, 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 families 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.  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:


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

  1. Michael Piccirilli says:

    Hi Friends of Blue Hills!

    I have setup a public bus to get people out of the city and to this hike. Leaving from South Station. Please feel free to send the link and promo code to anyone that could use this service! Thank you and see you on the mountain!

    URL: Promo code: f83895

  2. miki says:

    sounds great !! I will be there.

  3. Kate Booth says:

    About how long will the hike take? I have a four-year old and wondering if it might be too long for her.

    • Kate,

      The hike is a little more than a mile. Depending on which trail you take, it can be quite steep. You don’t have to go straight up the ski slope – which is the steepest – although some people do. There are paths that are longer, but less steep. You might not make it to the top with your four-year-old. On the other hand, you’ll probably enjoy however far you get. (There’s one path with some rock scrambling that kids like.)

      Let me know if you’d like more information!


  4. Charlene Neu says:

    I’ll be joining you and looking forward to it.

  5. Antonia (Toni) and Martin Cosgrove says:

    Awesome idea! My husband and I are so excited about this beautiful hike.
    Thank you! Toni

  6. Scott & Jean says:

    An absolutely wonderful time tonight. We enjoyed a romantic dinner overlooking the valley which was touched with terrific foliage. The sunset was one of the most spectacular we have seen in a while and the moon rise was the icing on the cake.

    Thank you for an evening we will long remember and memories we will cherish.

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