Boston Hill Loop
ElevationAscent: 428' 131 m
Descent: -425' -129 m
High: 400' 122 m
Low: 221' 67 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A rewardingly scenic tour of Ward Reservation with elevation change and a mix of forested paths and open fields.”— Zander Göpfert
The loop starts at the main entrance parking area and heads to the popular Holt Hill summit, which is the highest point in Essex County. From here, it continues east following the blue blazes out to Boston Hill and Elephant Rock before circling back along the southeastern border and Old Prospect Road.
Continue east on the blue-blazed Graham Trail as it bends to the north past the #7 and #24 signs, finally ending at Old Chestnut Street near Shrub Hill. Cross the street onto the blue-blazed section of the Elephant Rock Trail beginning the half-mile climb up Boston Hill. This one-time ski hill makes for another beautiful viewpoint across Merrimack Valley.
Continuing to the south/southwest, find the Vetter Trail past sign #12 as it descends toward Old Chestnut Street again. Take a short section of the street to the south (left), looking for the eastern end of Old Prospect Road. Here, you can also continue along the blue blazes back toward Graham Trail and the Solstice Stones.
Staying with this loop, follow Old Prospect Road and the red blazes past sign #5 as it slowly climbs out of the woods toward a private residence and the main parking area.
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Land Manager: The Trustees - Ward Reservation