Last minute eclipse viewing options are available if you know the right places to go. And I know the right places to go.

 

I hike a lot. And since I spend most of my time traveling between Melrose, Woburn, and Waltham, I spend a lot of time hiking in the Middlesex Fells and surrounding areas.

 

Sometimes, if the weather cooperates, I’ll hit the trail before I hit the airwaves weekdays at 11 a.m. Most of the time, when there’s enough light, I hike after my show.

 

So I figured I’d put my know-how to good use. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you tapped on it because the words “last minute” in the title spoke to you. A fellow procrastinator!

 

Don’t worry. Even though we’re only hours away from the first total solar eclipse since 1979 viewable in North America, there’s still time for you to get in on the celestial event.

 

Last Minute Eclipse Viewing: 4 Good, Tranquil Spots

Before I share my spots, though, a PSA. If you’re going to take a last-minute trip to take in the eclipse, you have to be prepared. You can’t just stare into the sun like an idiot. So don’t be “that guy.”

 

Seriously. You could permanently damage your eyes. NASA’s website has this guide on how to build a pinhole camera. All it takes is paper, tape, tin foil, and a pin or pencil.

 

Because let’s face it, if you didn’t plan ahead and cop some eclipse-viewing glasses, there’s no way you’re getting them now. So make the damn pinhole thingy. Have your kids help if you can!

 

I’ll be on-air soundtracking your last minute eclipse viewing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., so make sure you’re listening. Keep scrolling for my spots. And if you can’t make it, NASA’s live YouTube stream is your best bet.

  • Pinnacle Rock

    Pinnacle Rock is in the Malden area of the Middlesex Fells. It’s a favorite spot of mine, as it offers a good view of the Boston skyline. Park at the Flynn Skating Rink to access the Rock Circuit Trail to get there.

  • Wright's Tower

    Wright’s Tower is located in Medford. You can actually see it from 93 as you’re passing through Roosevelt Circle. That’s actually the exit you take. Follow South Border Rd. to the parking area. If it’s full, keep driving to the next parking area and hike back.

  • Rag Rock

    Rag Rock is in Woburn. It’s a quick and easy hike that offers an unimpeded view of the surrounding area. Perfect for eclipse viewing. There’s public parking around Woburn Public Library, then it’s a short walk down Harrison Ave. to the trailhead.

  • Castle Rock

    Castle Rock is located in Breakheart Reservation. Park on the Wakefield side at the Northeast Voke parking lot. It’s a short 15-20 minute hike to the top. Eagle Rock–different trail, same Reservation–is also an option.

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