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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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Philadelphia, PA
Get a workout on a surprisingly hard trail in this sea-level city.

Easy escape plan: Jump on the SEPTA R8 regional rail line to the Chestnut Hill section of the city, at the northeast corner of Wissahickon Valley Park, and disappear into this 1,800-acre preserve and its 57 miles of trails. Best training hike: Take the hilly 4.5-mile White Trail (starting at Park Line Drive and Hortter Street). If you want something long but mellow, hike the Orange Trail; it runs along the park's entire seven-mile-long east side. Keep an eye out for white-tail deer and snapping turtles, as well as the native euynomous tree, a fast-growing evergreen that produces white flowers and red berries in late summer. fow.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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