Blue Hills MDC Reservation - Trail, Milton-Canton, Massachusetts

Blue Hills MDC Reservation - Trail, Milton-Canton, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

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!!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 18, 2009]
Adam Shutes
Racer

Blue Hills is a good aerobic workout. Nothing too technical, very little single-traack, and as most reviewers said, wide fire roads featuring rocks-a-hiding in the grass. Some fun down hills (Coon Hollow, Houghton Path, the Pipeline) and some grinding hills with loose gravel and rocks. Basically a great place to get fit, and practice climbing technique and speedy down hills.

It's great for being so close to Boston.

Customer Service

Travel up Bugabee path, past the Staties HQ, and turn up the MTB trail for the first of the loose steep hills. Follow the MTB path until you have a choice of Coon Hollow and Houghton for your decents - it's then up to you how you come down. Repeat until time for a wind down, then you cross to the side south of Hillside Rd, and enjoy the easier hills both ups and downs.

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Gilbert Hills for technical rocks etc.
Wompatuck for technical rocks etc.
Lynn Woods for free riding.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 13, 2007]
m.d. from n.h.
Cross Country Rider

spent two hours poking around with a very experienced local rider/buddy, got my arse handed to me by steep tech. jagged rock infested climbs. what goes up must come down. very fast jagged rock infested descents, enjoyable

Customer Service

didnt catch the names or numbers.

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3
VALUE
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5
[Jul 16, 2003]
tmorash
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

Middlesex Fells, Foxboro

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 22, 1998]
Chris

I consider this a challenging ride, it's wide open in some spots and very steep in others, but if you can get up high there is a great view of Boston, but be prepared to carry your MTB. i've Broken my chain 2x, and many flats here, bring tools !!!!

Customer Service

I usually Park right off the highway at the Randolph Exit on the left and ride in form there

Similar Products Used:

Wompatuck

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 30, 1998]
joe rose

lots of climbs lots of downhiil very nice for speed rocky ,smooth good for choices a place for all types of riders . Time needed a good four to five hours any ways

Customer Service

start on rt.138 up bye the ski lift to the top of big blue down very technical single track to dual track to the state police barracks cross the street to single track

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 05, 1998]
Craig

I've only been riding for three months and I find this a good training trail. You can find some technical stuff but I'm not sure if it's classified as a riding trail. The hills can be tough if you are not ready but very doable even for the beginning rider. In order to get some time in you need to work some loops but all in all you can find a good day of riding here. The only bad thing is all the traffic, hikers, horses, etc. I would recommend riding here on a Saturday then riding a flat trail somewhere else on Sunday, you'll fly.

Customer Service

Go in by the ranger and State Police station. The first small climb gets you warmed up.

Similar Products Used:

Wompatuck State Forest

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 28, 1998]
Jeff Fisher

I have only been to Blue hills a few times but it has become one of my favorite biking destinations. It has a wide variety of different biking levels. It has some really nice rocky down hills. My favorite is going down the ski slopes. Watch out for the ruts in the middle of the slopes. They're doosys. Make sure to bring a spare tube and bring the basic MTB tools. After the ride you will have a new respect for your shocks. GET A MAP AT VISITER CENTER.

Customer Service

138 North off of 128, to route 2, follow road down to the Blue Hills Museum and visiter center. Park in parking lot, and bike down the road for about 20 yards. Then go down to the end of the parking lot and you should see a trail.

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I recommend Lynn woods, and Hammond Pond in Chesnut Hill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 16, 1999]
Jim

I'm not a huge fan of this area. Seems to me that you have the two choices at Blue Hills. First, you have fire roads that are good for those who do not want anything technical, but are not interesting enough for anyone who wants to challenge themselves even a little. Second, you have single-track that is generally too rocky to ride (maybe can be ridden down, but not up). A very good place for trail-running (try the Skyline Trail), bit not the greatest for mtb.

Similar Products Used:

Middelsex Fells (Winchester, off Rt.93) is leaps and bounds ahead.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 14, 1999]
Craig

I have ridden here many more times since my first review and have found miles o trails since. As my riding ability has increased so has the amount of trails I have been riding. I would recommend doing some hills first in the main section behind the Ranger station including a climb to the top on the access road. The ride down is fun. After that return back to the Ranger station cross the street and head to the left. Some real nice single track. Rocky for some but very managable. Nice ride to the top of the hill here and an excellent view. If you ever want the tour drop me a line. I'm an new to intermediate rider but my ride buddy is not and he is the one that pushes me and it makes for a good ride for all levels. We usually go for about three hours.

Customer Service

Take Rte 128 to Houghton's Pond Ponkapaug exit. Go to stop sign and take a right. Park in the Houthon's Pond lot. Enter acroos the street to the right behind the Ranger station.

Similar Products Used:

Wamputuck State Forest, Freetown State Forest.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 12, 1999]
Bill

Bring extra tubes and tools because you'll need them. These trails are very rocky and the single track has cut growth to the sides. Very little mud, difficult short climbs, and no real wide open terain are the only drawbacks.
If your looking for a place to hone your technical skills, Look no further, This is your place.

Customer Service

All rocky single track between Randolph Avenue and the Reservation Headquarters. Great but short downhilling on the ski trails.

Similar Products Used:

Vietnam 5*,Gilbert 3*,and Upton State Forest 3*

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3
VALUE
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