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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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

Cheshire Harbor Trail, Mount Greylock, Lanesborough, MA

At 6.6 miles roundtrip, this trail offers the easiest route up to the Bay State’s highest point—3,491-foot Mount Greylock—and can be completed in four to five hours. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 151 miles Lanesborough, MA, 413-499-4262, website. Instagram-worthy…

Undermountain Trail, Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT

This popular hike intersects the Appalachian Trail after about 2 miles. At the top of 2,316-foot Bear Mountain (the highest peak in Connecticut) is an old stone viewing tower. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 151 miles Salisbury, CT, 203-788-7765,…

Ramblewild, Lanesborough, MA

Highlights of this four-season wonderland include guided hikes of the grounds and snowshoe rentals come winter. Level: Moderate | Distance from Boston: 152 miles Lanesborough, MA, 844-472-6253, website. Instagram-worthy views

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…