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Life in a big city can be ideal. Restaurants, bars and music venues are at your every turn. This can be exciting — but a little tricky when you’re in the mood for a good, scenic hike. It can be tough in a metropolitan area to find such a thing, but not as tough as you think.

Read on to discover the best hiking trails near big cities. One of them just might be right near your city!

Twin Peaks (San Francisco)

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This popular hiking destination offers up a gorgeous, panoramic view of San Francisco at its summits. A much-loved spot for tourists and locals alike, the Twin Peaks mountains tower over the city at an impressive 922 feet and are the second-highest summit in the city (beat only by Mount Davidson). This hike is fun, beautifully scenic and not too difficult for the beginners in the crowd. The only thing to watch out for are those mighty San Francisco winds! Bring a warm jacket and you’ll be all set.

Stone Mountain (Atlanta)

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A mere 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park really delivers with 15 miles of hiking and walking trails. There are many types of trails to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult, so there’s something for everyone. There’s also a one-mile trail to the top of the mountain that gives way to a stunning view of the Appalachian Mountains and that gorgeous Atlanta skyline.

Bear Mountain (New York City)

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Nestled behind the west bank of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain and its surrounding park offer up a wealth of hiking trails. Trek the Appalachian Trail for a beautiful view of the Hudson River Valley, or if you’re a more advanced hiker, brave the Breakneck Ridge Trail, a rocky 9.6-mile loop. If you’re looking to take a little break from hiking, check out everything Bear Mountain Park has to offer, such as a lake, picnic groves, river fishing access and a zoo.

Griffith Park (Los Angeles)

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An extremely popular hiking spot, Griffith Park is known for its fantastic trails and gorgeous views of the City of Angels. Offering up a staggering 53-trail network, this beautiful park is great for any kind of hiking you’re in the mood for. It is highly recommended (but not for the faint of heart) to hike up to the Griffith Observatory. The trek can be a bit strenuous, but the splendid view from the top is definitely worth it.

Big Cottonwood Canyon (Salt Lake City)

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Just outside of Salt Lake City rests this beautiful canyon and the Brighton Lakes Trail within it. Winding past three lakes (Lake Mary, Lake Martha and Lake Catherine), this trail offers up beautiful scenic views of woodland areas and the gorgeous canyon below.

Need ideas for some snacks to bring along on your hike? Check out these tips for healthy, handy snacks.

Sources:
http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-hiking-near-big-cities
http://nysparks.com/parks/13/details.aspx
http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/Brighton_Lakes_7160.asp

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