Boston, MA: Ponkapoag Pond Loop

This scenic 4.2-mile hike in the Blue Hills Reservation loops under pines and passes by a rare Atlantic white cedar bog, home to 17 endangered species.
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This scenic 4.2-mile hike in the Blue Hills Reservation loops under pines and passes by a rare Atlantic white cedar bog, home to 17 endangered species.

A twenty-minute drive from Boston proper, the Blue Hills Reservation offers a host of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. This 4.2-mile hike around Ponkapoag Pond makes for a relaxing dayhike or a scenic trail run.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8

Waypoints

PON001

Location: 42.202156, -71.095389

From road, head S toward pond under white pines and birches

PON002

Location: 42.198572, -71.098119

Turn R @ 3-way to begin loop around Ponkapoag Pond

PON003

Location: 42.198582, -71.104195

Trail is fairly flat; YMCA camp to R. Ahead, take boardwalk on L into Ponkapoag Bog. Look for pitcher plants, sundews, cranberries, and water willow

PON004

Location: 42.196812, -71.108208

Head up slight hill, edging by Ponkapoag Golf Course; gate crosses trail

PON005

Location: 42.195389, -71.108955

Trail passes sand trap; continue heading S

PON006

Location: 42.190968, -71.107445

Trail curves SE; unobstructed views of shore­line; look for boaters and geese on this large, clear, blue pond

PON007

Location: 42.18961, -71.103401

Trail is flat and narrow; short side trails heading up the hill look promising, but go nowhere

PON008

Location: 42.186718, -71.091988

Continue heading E

PON009

Location: 42.189209, -71.084068

Forest opens up briefly; terrain becomes hilly

PON010

Location: 42.192394, -71.085739

Trail takes sharp L turn and heads uphill toward Appalachian Mountain Club huts

PON011

Location: 42.195915, -71.086197

Turn L by the tool shed after AMC huts

PON012

Location: 42.196266, -71.08979

Most rugged section; watch footing heading uphill on varied terrain; side trail leads to pond. Continue straight to WPT 2; turn R @ junction, return to trailhead