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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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,…

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