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My City Hike

Where does City Hike: Boston take place?

City Hike: Boston will hike through the Emerald Necklace. When you register, you'll receive access to the Glide app to give you a guided experience, as well as the official route on AllTrails.

How do I get there?

Public transit: Take the Orange Line to Forest Hills Station. You can also take the Commuter Rail Needham Line, or any of the 16, 21, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34E, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 50, or 51 busses. 

Driving: You can park in the Forest Hills Parking Lot for a fee of $9 per day Monday through Friday, or $3 per day Saturday-Sunday. Overnight parking is not available. There is also some street parking in nearby neighborhoods, but be sure to pay close attention to posted signs for Resident-Only parking and for street sweeping. 

Note: the hike ends at a different location than where it starts. The end location is close to State Street station, and you can take the Orange Line from State Street back to Forest Hills (an easy 20 minute ride). The T fare is $2.40 and you can purchase a ticket at the station. 

How do I pay for the bus or T rides?

The simplest way to pay for your bus or T ride is to use a Charlie Card or Charlie Ticket. Charlie Cards are best for frequent subway and bus riders, and are available at select locations. The card itself is free, but you will need to load value onto it before using it. Charlie Tickets are great for visitors to Boston who will only need to use public transit for a limited time. You can purchase single-use, daily, weekly, or monthly passes. A full summary of fares, including reduced fares, can be found on the MBTA’s website.

How long will the hike take?

The hike is 8.5 miles, and we estimate it will take 5-6 hours total. A portion of the hike follows the #39 bus route (note: you’ll need exact change or a Charlie Card/Ticket to pay the bus fare, which is $1.70), which cuts about 2.5 walking miles from the route. You may choose to spend more or less time at certain points along the route, depending on your interests and availability.

When do I do my hike?

You can complete your hike anytime between September 19-October 9. You can do it all in one day or split it up amongst many days.

Will there be other people doing the hike while I am?

We made the decision to spread the event out over the course of several weeks for both your convenience and safety with Covid-19. While we can't predict when people will choose to do their hike, we do recommend that you follow CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19.

Keep in mind that Boston is a city, and there will be other people at each location and along the route who may not be doing the hike.

Can I track my miles?

You can use your own tracking device, like Strava, a Fitbit, or any app of your choosing, and report back on our community Facebook group. You can keep track the old fashioned way with pen and paper. Or if you set-up a fundraising page, you'll have access to our endurance tracker.  The endurance tracker can sync up with Strava. We're excited to see the total number of miles at the end of the City Hike: LA!


How much does it cost to join?

A one-time registration donation of $35. Fundraising is optional, and you can set up a fundraising page if you'd like to make a bigger impact and earn eco-friendly prizes.

What comes with my registration?

You'll receive a membership to Sierra Club, access to the Glide and AllTrails apps for a guided experience as you hike, and an invitation to the City Hike Facebook Group for community support. You'll also be funding national and local initiatives, like protecting the wildlife and wild places we love, advancing climate solutions, and making the outdoors accessible for all, and more.


How do I create a fundraising page?

You can create a fundraising page here. It’s super easy and just takes a few minutes! Provide some info, use our template to customize your page and let people know why you are raising funds, and that’s it! Your page is ready to share and make a big impact for our planet.

I've never raised funds before, where do I start??

You can use our fundraising toolkit, or email team.sierra@sierraclub.org, and someone from our team will set-up a time to help you!

Where does the money go?

The money will support many of Sierra Club's national and local initiatives like retiring coal plants, moving away from fossil fuels, and transitioning to clean energy, like solar and wind. Read more about the Sierra Club's mission, as well as what the Massachusetts Chapter is working on.

What are the terms and conditions to participate?

To sign up for this event, you must be at least 18 years of age or have a parent or guardian sign up for you. Everyone that participates must agree to our Acknowledgement, Assumptions of Risks, Release & Indemnity, and Binding Arbitration Agreement and Volunteer Fundraiser Agreement.