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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009

Quick Escapes: 10 Trails Near Major Cities

The perfect metro-area trail: close, wild, uncrowded. Here are 10 major city options.

by: Adrienne Saia Isaac

Hohokam Petroglyphs, Phoenix's South Mountain (Jon Mancuso)
Hohokam Petroglyphs, Phoenix's South Mountain (Jon Mancuso)
San Diego, CA (Brett Holman)
San Diego, CA (Brett Holman)
Coastal Trail, Golden Gate Recreation Area (Ed Callaert)
Coastal Trail, Golden Gate Recreation Area (Ed Callaert)

The Wild Edge: Exploring Portland's Forest Park
When urban trails blend with raw wilderness, the sum is much greater than the parts. By Bill Donahue

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Austin, TX
Practice your river crossings on Barton Creek.

Twenty-nine trails within Austin's city limits extend for more than 1.5 miles each. But the real treasure here, as all locals know, is Barton Creek Wilderness Park, a 1,021-acre wooded preserve on the west end of the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Access the Barton Creek Wilderness Trail from the southwest edge of Zilker Metropolitan Park. You'll see others on this seven-miler, but to find the best elbowroom, continue a mile past popular Twin Falls, to Sculpture Falls and its deep swimming hole. Or go after heavy rains; the waist-high creek crossings mean you'll likely have it all to yourself. austinparks.org




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Eric
Nov 18, 2009

I think you forgot Portland.

gordon larson
Nov 12, 2009

that's the very area i like to hike when i'm in nyc after some appalachian tr hiking. get to nyc a day before your departure flight, the hostel's only a half mile from the park. a few blocks from the subway. perfect.

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