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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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,…

Noanet Peak, Noanet Peak Trail, Dover, MA

Marked by yellow blazes, this 1.5-mile hike brings you to the summit of 387-foot-high Noanet Peak, from which you can catch Boston’s skyline. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 22 miles Dover, MA, 508-785-0339 , website. Instagram-worthy views Good for…

Pitcher Mountain Trail, Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard, NH

Kid-friendly Pitcher Mountain features a 2-mile loop hike flanked by blueberry and raspberry bushes. At the summit, you’ll find a climbable fire tower that offers vistas of the Green Mountains. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 106 miles Stoddard, NH,…

Welch-Dickey Loop Trail, Mount Welch, Thornton, NH

This 4.5-mile hike along sheer rock faces ascends Mount Welch, which offers clear mountain tableaux. Level: Moderate Distance from Boston: 124 miles Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 124 miles Thornton, MA, 603-536-6100, website. Instagram-worthy views

Weathersfield Trail, Mount Ascutney, Weathersfield, VT

The Weathersfield Trail climbs 2.9 miles up to the summit of Mount Ascutney. Along the way, you’ll pass the Crystal Cascade Falls, Gus’s Lookout (where hang gliders launch in summer), and a 24-foot observation tower. Level: Advanced | Distance from…

South Ridge Trail, Cadillac Mountain, Mount Desert Island, ME

It gets steep as you approach the summit of Cadillac Mountain on this 7.4-mile roundtrip hike in Acadia National Park, but the path provides stunning glimpses of the Atlantic and, at night, a clear shot of the Milky Way. Level:…

Mount Moosilauke, Beaver Brook or Glencliff Trails, Benton, NH

Take the Beaver Brook or Glencliff trails to meet the Appalachian Trail, which scales 4,802-foot Mount Moosilauke. From the summit, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the Green Mountains, Franconia Ridge, and more. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 147…

Stratton Trail, Stratton Mountain, Stratton, VT

Follow this 7.6-mile roundtrip route up to the peak of Stratton Mountain, where a fire tower offers glimpses of the Green Mountains. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 148 miles Stratton, VT, 802-297-4000, website. Instagram-worthy views