Yiqing Shao

Yiqing Shao

Digital Editor

Yiqing Shao has been an editor at Boston magazine since 2012. She double majored in journalism and English at Michigan State University and has a master's degree in publishing from Emerson College. Trained in both editing and design, it's hard to say whether Yiqing cares more about proper hyphenation or aligning to the baseline. She's pro-Helvetica and speaks Mandarin and Spanish.

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Middlesex Fells Reservation, Skyline Trail, Stoneham, MA

Eleven hiking trails of varying difficulty traverse this 2,575-acre park. Take the popular 6.9-mile Skyline Trail to the observation tower atop Pine Hill, where you’ll enjoy city and harbor views. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 10 miles Stoneham, MA,…

Harold Parker State Forest, Hiking/Bridle Trail, North Andover, MA

Four pathways snake through this 3,000-acre woodland; the all-season Hiking/Bridle Trail passes numerous ponds perfect for skating and ice fishing. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 22 miles North Andover, MA, 978-686-3391, website. Dogs welcome Trails for two-wheelers

World’s End Reservation, World’s End Reservation Trail, Hingham, MA

Meander along the 4.5-mile loop trail within this 251-acre South Shore reservation to catch glimpses of Hingham Harbor and Weir River. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 24 miles Hingham, MA, 781-740-7233, website. Dogs welcome Trails for two-wheelers

Harrington Trail, Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA

Hike 1.4 miles to the summit of 2,006-foot Wachusett Mountain, where, on a clear day, you’ll see Boston’s skyline, the Berkshires, and New Hampshire’s Mount Monadnock. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 60 miles Princeton, MA, 978-464-2987, website. Instagram-worthy views…

Mount Major Summit Trails, Mount Major, Alton, NH

Views of Lake Winnipesaukee abound atop 1,786-foot Mount Major. Follow the 1.5-mile Mount Major Trail—marked by blue blazes—along steep ledges. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 99 miles Alton, NH, website. Instagram-worthy views

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Bunker Meadows Trail, Topsfield, MA

Boasting 12 miles of trails through the North Shore’s forests, meadows, and wetlands, this retreat is a wildlife-lover’s paradise. Don’t be surprised if you see river otters, turtles, and eastern bluebirds along the Bunker Meadows Trail, which leads up to…

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport, MA

When the skies are clear, this popular 2.5-mile seaside trail offers views as far as the Isle of Shoals, in New Hampshire; Crane Beach, in Ipswich; and Mount Agamenticus, in Maine. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 43 miles Rockport,…

Blue Hills Reservation, Skyline Trail, Milton, MA

This 7,000-acre park has six color-coded paths totaling 125 miles. If you want a challenge, follow the Skyline Trail for 5.7 miles over Tucker and Buck hills. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 10 miles Milton, MA, 617-698-1802, website.  Good…

Presidential Traverse, Presidential Range, Gorham, NH

Best in late spring through early fall, the Presidential Traverse is a roughly 23-mile trek, typically completed in two to four days, that crosses all seven peaks in the Presidential Range. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 176 miles Gorham,…