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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Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME

Located on the east side of Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park, this 1,058-foot ascent across an open rock face would be a technical climb if it weren’t for the handrails and ladders provided to assist hikers. The trail closes…

Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington State Forest, Mt. Washington, MA

This four-season hike takes you to Massachusetts’ highest single-drop waterfall, a rocky 60-foot cascade. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 157 miles Mt. Washington, MA, 413-528-0330, website.  Instagram-worthy views  Good for youngsters

Sleeping Giant State Park, Tower Trail, Hamden, CT

Six trails run through this park, but if you’re looking for views of New Haven and Long Island Sound, take the 3-mile roundtrip Tower Trail to the stone observation tower. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 126 miles Hamden, CT,…

Blue Trail, Charles Ward Reservation, Andover, MA

The 2.2-mile hike in the Ward Reservation travels along three hills: Boston, Shrub, and Holt (the highest point in Essex County). Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 25 miles Andover, MA, 978-689-9105, website.  Good for youngsters  Trails for two-wheelers

Kingdom Trails, Bear Back Trail, East Burke, VT

The large Kingdom Trails network boasts hiking, mountain-biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country-skiing routes for adventurers of all ages. New this season is the Bear Back trail, a one-mile mountain-biking route. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 185 miles East Burke, VT,…

Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

With the roaring Atlantic on one side and historical Gilded Age architecture on the other, this 3.5-mile trek offers plenty of eye candy. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 73 miles Newport, RI, 401-845-5300, website.  Instagram-worthy views

Tyler Trail, Mount Pisgah, Northborough, MA

This .76-mile trip up Mount Pisgah provides vistas of the Prudential and Hancock buildings on a clear day. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 41 miles Northborough, MA, 978-443-5588, website.  Instagram-worthy views  Trails for two-wheelers

Chasm Loop Trail, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton, MA

Admire five rock formations: Devil’s Coffin, Fat Man’s Misery, Devil’s Corncrib, Devil’s Pulpit, and Lover’s Leap—a chasm surrounded by granite walls as high as 70 feet—along this half-mile trek. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 49 miles Sutton, MA, 508-234-3733, website….

Easthead Loop, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA

This easy 2.5-mile path within the Myles Standish State Forest circles around the East Head Reservoir and features lush vegetation. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 55 miles Carver, MA, 508-866-2526, website.  Trails for two-wheelers

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

Four miles of flat, paved bike trails loop around a park equipped with picnic tables and playing fields, then opens to views of Narragansett Bay. Level: Easy | Distance from Boston: 67 miles Bristol, RI, 401-253-7482, website.  Trails for two-wheelers