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Blue Hills MDC Reservation

Average Rating:    (3.71 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

Don't go there if you want smooth singletrack!! Blue Hill has lots of wide trail that is rocky, loose gravel and large rocks. There are many hills to climb, great workout. Also enough rocky singletrack to keep it interesting. Lots of exploring to do. COON HOLLOW PATH, ~350 ft going down hill - many large rocks - much fun!!
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Latitude
42.215677927642716
Longitude
-71.11913681030273
Trail Directions
Exit 3 off I-93 for Houghton's Pond. If going south on 93 take right of ramp and right at T. Parking is down on right. There are many other directions, Blue Hill is intersected by routes 138 and 28 also.
Trail Length
over 125 miles of trails
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Milton-Canton
   


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Review Date
July 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: tmorash ,  Cross Country Rider , from Boston, MA

Summary:
As others have posted, Blue Hills has something for everyone. While it does lack singletrack, much of the doubletrack is technical and challenging. With numerous trails, your ride can be as long or as short as you want. The best hill climbs are around Hemmenway Hill, Buck Hill (great view at the top), and Great Blue Hill. The most technical trails (in my opinion) are Hancock Hill Path and Coon Hollow Path (near the Great Blue Hill summit). As far as trails near the city go, I feel that Blue Hills stands out.

Recommended Route:
There are numerous good routes, but the area can be frustrating as there are so many trails and so many fire roads. Do yourself a favor and pick up a free mountain bike map at the headquarters or at least print out the map off of NEMBA's website. Also, please respect the "No Bike" signs. Bikers, hikers, and equestrians seem to be living peacefully together at the moment. Let's keep it that way.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middlesex Fells, Foxboro



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Review Date
June 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Alex , from RI

Summary:
Good mix of everything

Recommended Route:
95 to 93 exit 3



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Review Date
December 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Boston

Summary:
Get a map! The intersections are very well marked but don't mean a thing w/o a map.I've covered most of Blue Hills. It's not really suited for beginners or little ones. (I've come upon many people in the midst of their realization of this...in the middle of the park.) I love rocky trails, therefore, I love the Blue Hills. If you want a technical day of cardio, this is your place. I find it a good mix of trails- but none of my friends will come here with me because the difficulty outweighs their enjoyment of the ride.

Recommended Route:
VERY TECHNICAL: Start at Ski slope entrance for the Accord trail. You'll need a map to help you locate it (about 150' up the slope on the right). It's slow and tough, w/lots of high step-downs. After that, you can probably handle most of what the reservation offers. MODERATE: Start at headquarters, head up the bugbee path to dark hollow and loop back as you wish. Looping wide areas requires a lot of climbing in the Blue Hills-Keep water on hand! (Headquarters has a fountain.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wamputuck-Trails for everyone at every level.



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Review Date
September 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Todd Karalius , from Canton

Summary:
The side with the actually blue hill mountain is the best. Paths are pretty wide but the rocks make up for it. The paths are loose so its hard to get a grip but all the moreo challenge. Go to the top of hancock hill and try to ride down the hancock hill path (wicked hard). Also try to cap blue hills and ride down the coon hollow path. The downhills are fast, fun and long. The uphills are the same, except strenous. The trails around hemingway hill and sweet twisty singletrack. Awesome ride. Don't let the people who complain about blue hills keep you from the visit. Its definitly worth it.

Recommended Route:
The half of blue hills with the blue hill, other half of blue hills sucks.



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Review Date
August 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jeff , from Quincy, MA

Summary:
Can be very rocky at times, but once you get the right trails figured out, look-out! Very technical rides along with some rocky technical climbs that will leave your legs screaming, your lungs gasping, and wishing you would have stuck to roadbiking. The rough terrain will bring out the best in your riding skills, not to mention seeing how much guts you have tackling a killer singletrack. Pick-up a trail map at the Rangers Headquaters (only a $1) and hit it. I ride here 2 or 3 times a week and I have yet to take the same trails and singletracks. With so many trails crossing from one to the next, you never know where you might end up. The best thing to do is spend a few hours exploring the different routes around the park. Coming down from the observatory tower, Coon Hollow Path starts gradually downhill, turns rocky and technical and then gradual again. But look out because the bottom half of the trail can kick your A*@ !! Good Luck!!

Recommended Route:
The yellow triangle route is a great warm-up. Coon Hollow Trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Womputuck state park



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