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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Baldface Circle Trail, North and South Baldface, Chatham, NH

A 9.8-mile trail with a 3,600-foot elevation gain, this hike ascends two peaks: North and South Baldface, each offering mountain panoramas. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 160 miles Chatham, NH, 603-536-6100, website. Instagram-worthy views

Zealand and Twinway Trails, Mount Zealand, Jefferson, NH

This 5.6-mile hike up Mount Zealand begins on the Zealand Trail, then merges with the Twinway Trail, which leads to the impressive 25-foot Zealand Falls. About a mile later, you’ll reach an overhang known as Zeacliff, a choice spot for…

Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail, Mount Washington, Pinkham Notch, NH

Follow this 6-mile roundtrip hike to reach the summit of Mount Washington—at 6,288 feet, the Northeast’s highest peak—which offers peerless vistas extending into Vermont, Massachusetts, Québec, New York, and the Atlantic. Level: Moderate to Advanced | Distance from Boston: 167…

Arethusa Falls Trail, Frankenstein Cliff, Hart’s Location, NH

This 5-mile loop winds its way up to Frankenstein Cliff. On the way down, the trail passes by 200-foot-high Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire’s highest waterfall. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 168 miles Hart’s Location, NH, 603-374-2272, website. Instagram-worthy views…

White Dot Trail, Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH

This 1.66-mile hike up the 3,165-foot-high (and very windy) Mount Monadnock is one of the most popular trails in North America, so go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 84 miles Jaffrey, NH,…

Woods Loop Trail, Beech Hill, Rockport, ME

This forest path offers a gradual climb up Beech Hill, the only treeless hilltop in the area, revealing views of the St. George Peninsula, the Camden Hills, and Penobscot Bay. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 187 miles Rockport, ME,…

Mount Battie Trail, Mount Battie, Camden, ME

A 0.5-mile trek leads you to the summit of Mount Battie, known for its steep ledges and ocean views. The trail is one of 20 hikes offered at Camden Hills State Park. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 190 miles…

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Pinnacle Peak, Stowe, VT

The 1.4-mile trail climbs 1,520 feet to the top of the Pinnacle peak, where you’ll find panoramas of Stowe and the surrounding mountains. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 203 miles Stowe, VT, 802-244-7037, website. Instagram-worthy views

Bondcliff Trail, West Bond, Lincoln, NH

This 23-mile looping hike, which begins at the Lincoln Woods Visitor Center, usually takes two days if you travel all the way to West Bond peak. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 137 miles Lincoln, NH, 603-536-6100, website. Instagram-worthy views

Knife Edge Trail, Mount Katahdin, Millinocket, ME

The challenging 1.1-mile Knife Edge Trail traverses the completely exposed ridge of Mount Katahdin. Here you’ll find the northern terminus of the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. Level: Advanced | Distance from Boston: 306 miles Millinocket,…