Blue Hills Trail CONDITIONS
Tuesday - morning update
Click here for helpful maps that show our open trails.
Spring is here, there's lots of snow remaining.
Yesterday morning (Monday), the classic track was fairly well defined, with a mild-moderate amount of litter deposited by brisk winds over the weekend. Good classic skiing if you can tolerate the trail litter. As a spur-of-the-moment decision, the skate lane on the modified East Side Core Loop was touched up early Monday morning and provided good skate skiing. The side trails on the East Side (and Excelsior Road on the West Side) also had good skate skiing Monday. Beautiful first day of Spring with temps reaching the upper 30s.
A very destructive mid December ice storm (visit our blog for photos etc) shut down our trails for a short time. Fortunately we've been able to open 60% of our East Side trails, and Excelsior Road is open on the West Side.
Snowshoers: the Ridges Snowshoe Trail is cleared of tree damage, we prefer you use that as your first option. If snowshoeing on the groomed ski trail, please snowshoe well to the side. Click here for a blog post regarding the new 'Highland Loop'.
Autumn 2022, loggers cut a large timber sale on the East Side in the vicinity of the Otter Slide and Far East trails (those trails are the furthest 'east' trails). This winter loggers are hauling those logs to market using a route to the east and mostly separate from the ski trails. Click here for a map showing the involved trails.
March 17: 1" from blustery snow showers in the evening
March 16: 1/4" rain, then 1" windblown snow
grooming & MOWING
Grooming Report / Plans: Click here to see maps of the open trails
March 20 (Monday morning): touched up the skate lane on the modified East Side Core Loop.
March 17 (Friday evening): groomed the skate deck on all the open trails, and set classic track on the frequently traveled trails.
Blue Hills Trail Avenza Maps Phone App
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:
- On your phone, install the Avenza Maps app
- Click for the East Side map
- Click for the West Side map
- Tap the 'GET THIS MAP' button, then tap the 'FREE' button, then tap DOWNLOAD
- Tap the 'OPEN MAP' button to view the map. Your real-time location will be shown as a blue dot - even with NO cell signal!
- Have fun!
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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