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Boston Hill
Andover, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Loop Trail
The Loop Trail

Route: Loop Trail, Elephant Rock Trail

The Boston Hill Loop Trail (from Brightview) was in good shape, weaving its way up and down the long overgrown ski slopes. Not too much in way of views with the current foliage.

From near the top of the old ski area, a short trail goes to the tower access road, whilst another connects to the Elephant Rock Trail (and the Ward Reservation). Combined, the Loop and Elephant Rock Trails travel a significant portion of the perimeter of the fenced off summit (old radar station). I did not attempt to go to the highpoint due to the signage and growth, but it appears some have figured out how to get in.

The Elephant Rock Trail leads to wide views (recently improved) at the 'south summit.' It appears this trail may be closed at times right now due to ongoing clearing (there was a sign, but the caution tape was down). Another trail near there was also signed as closed, with the caution tape up, noting equipment operating (did not hear any).

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Boston Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Easy
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Parking Elevation: 180'
Destination: Boston Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 180'
Summit Elevation: 380'
Vertical Gain: 200'
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:35
Hike Vertical Gain: 220'

The Loop Trail trailhead
The Loop Trail trailhead

Holt Hill as seen from near the summit of Boston Hill - Click to enlarge
Holt Hill as seen from near the summit of Boston Hill

Topographic map of Boston Hill

Directions to trailhead: Take Route 114 southeast from Lawrence. Brightview Senior Living Facility will be on the left. There are designated hiker parking spots at the back of the parking lot, near the trailhead kiosk.

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