Ponkapoag Pond Loop
ElevationAscent: 229' 70 m
Descent: -228' -69 m
High: 219' 67 m
Low: 151' 46 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A secluded stroll around the largest lake in Blue Hills with boardwalk access through the marshland to spot wildlife.”— Zander Göpfert
This loop starts off Rte. 93 at the Blue Hill River Road parking area. Make sure to check out the Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk!
Toward the end of the loop, at the 3.5-mile mark (in the northwest corner of the loop), look for the Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk heading to the right (southeast) into the marsh. This is not to be missed as it provides an exciting, intimate experience into an Atlantic white cedar bog.
If traveling with younger runners or short on time, you could simply head straight to the boardwalk (turning right at the lollipop stem instead of left, shown here) for an out-and-back run.
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Land Manager: MA DCR - Blue Hills Reservation