Buck Hill Loop
ElevationAscent: 583' 178 m
Descent: -583' -178 m
High: 465' 142 m
Low: 172' 53 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“Loop through the heart of Blue Hills to rack up around 600 feet of elevation gain/loss with rewarding views of the city.”— Zander Göpfert
The view from Buck Hill is an amazing reward and a neat way to see the Boston skyline. A great reminder of how close you can still be to the city while feeling like you're in the wild.
From here, continue east toward Burnt Hill leaving the green dots at marker 2096, but staying with the white triangles toward marker 2111 and then 2129. Here, turn right for an extra little loop to link up with Beech Hollow Path (you can also continue straight to marker 2135 and bypass this little loop).
As you near Randolph Avenue on the Oblique Path and Forest Path Connector, you'll begin heading to the left (north) to start the climb up toward the Skyline Trail and then the highlight of the loop: Buck Hill. This half-mile section is the longest climb but the summit of Buck Hill is worth the effort.
From there, continue back west, heading downhill toward Boyce Hill on the Forest Path. Use the Dark Hollow to Deer Hollow Connector to get over to Tucker Hill for the last major climb of the loop on the Skyline Trail. From here, continue heading south back toward Breeze Hill and Houghton Pond to complete the loop.
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Land Manager: MA DCR - Blue Hills Reservation