Hiking: hiking conditions are good. We started summer trail mowing in late June, and 99% of the trails have been mowed at least once. Grasses are short where mowed, often waist high (or higher) if not mowed.
Biking: the West Side trails offer the best biking, that area tends to be the driest (but BE SURE TO READ 'Important Updates' below). The East Side trails are surprisingly dry this summer, and more 'bike-able' than usual. On the East Side, after rainy weather avoid the trails far to the east, they usually are damp and soft.
Bugs: mosquitoes currently are a bit bothersome.
A 50-100 meter segment of West Side trail adjacent to a beaver dam is soggy between intersections H-I; you can walk your bike through this spot - but anticipate wet shoes.
Due to recent logging, on the East Side, avoid Rut Road between intersections 20-21-22. Click here for details
Due to active logging, on the West Side, avoid the loop between intersections D-E-D, and watch for logging traffic from A-B-C-D.
April 24, 2021: snow showers
Summertime mowing began in late June on the East Side trails. East Side mowing was completed on July 25th. The West Side was mowed in the last half of July. Click here for a map showing East Side mowing details.
To help you find your way around the Blue Hills Trail, we have created georeferenced maps of the Blue Hills Trail that are FREE and available to use through the Avenza Maps app on your smart phones. This technology utilizes satellite GPS signals to display your real-time location within the trail system. If you consider yourself somewhat directionally challenged while navigating the great outdoors - or you just enjoy the latest technology - give it a try on our trail system.
"Avenza Maps is a powerful offline map viewer with a connected in-app Map Store to find, purchase and download professionally created maps for a wide variety of uses including hiking, cycling, camping, outdoor recreation, and adventure traveling. Free for recreational use, just pay for maps or download free ones."
NOTE: while using Avenza Maps on your phone, location services will be active and using significant battery power to track you. To help preserve your battery power, turn on airplane mode and close the Avenza Maps app when not using it. Remember to download the app and map before leaving cell reception!
To begin using Avenza Maps and to use the two Blue Hills Trail maps:
You can find your downloaded maps by tapping on the 'My Maps' icon. You can also track yourself with the Avenza Maps App, which is especially useful if you're new to the trail system.
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