22.5 miles
Distance
1,853 ft
Climb
-1,847 ft
Descent
490 ft
High Point

Do not park at the Donovan School when school is in session. This is primarily a weekend starting point to avoid the crowds at Houghton's Pond.

Great tour of the entire Blue Hills system. This includes the white and yellow trails as well as the trails south of Route 93 called Ponkapoag. You can start anywhere on the route but this specific route starts at the Donovan elementary School in Randolph. It also includes both directions in the East Ponkapoag section as this 2 mile trail runs really nice in both directions. You do not need great technical skills for this ride but it's long and has about 2,000' of climbing so you must be fit. Expect a decent rider to do this route in 3 -4 hours. It's listed as one direction as preferred due to some steep climbs. However, feel free to try it backwards.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Great Blue Hill Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    67 ft
  • Altitude start
    212 ft
  • Altitude end
    217 ft
  • Grade max
    -29.9%
  • Grade min
    21.5%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Ponkapoag Trail
Oct 7, 2021 @ 11:24am
Oct 7, 2021
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail
Duck Pool Hiking Trail
Aug 5, 2021 @ 4:54am
Aug 5, 2021
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail on the Duck Pond side. Note - theres bees near the downed tree use caution
RFT
Jul 28, 2021 @ 2:38pm
Jul 28, 2021
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Harmony Farm Bypass
Jul 20, 2021 @ 2:49pm
Jul 20, 2021
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Middle Finger
Jul 4, 2021 @ 8:13am
Jul 4, 2021
Cut back brush that was overgrowing into trail
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