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Our coast-to-coast network of field contributors mapped their favorite local hikes so you could send the trips to your mobile phone or access them on Backpacker.com.*

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Sandia Crest Trail

From city center 23 miles

End this challenging, 13.5-mile dayhike up the southern spine of the Sandia Mountains with a civilized finish–microbrews at the High Finance Restaurant. Trip ID: 51493

ATLANTA, GA

Kennesaw Mountain

From city center 23 miles

Discover meadows rich in Civil War history and climb two peaks with views of the Atlanta skyline on this 10.4-mile loop. ID: 31716

BOSTON, MA

Blue Hills-Skyline Trail

From city center 14.8 miles

This loop in Blue Hills Reservation packs a lot of scenery into six miles: quiet hardwood forests, rocky hills carved by glaciers, and sweeping views of Boston. ID: 431589

BURLINGTON, VT

Mt. Philo

From city center 15 miles

Hike 2.1 miles to the 968-foot summit of Mt. Philo and score big views of Lake Champlain and peaks in the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. ID: 60199

CHICAGO, IL

Swallow Cliffs Woods

From city center 24 miles

You'll twist-and-turn for 5.6 trail miles through the wind- and water-scoured ravines of this 800-acre park. ID: 23837

Cincinnati, OH

Mt. Airy Forest

From city center 7.7 miles

This 8.4-mile out-and-back–just 10 minutes from downtown–connects quiet wooded hills and stream-carved valleys. ID: 8210

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Garden of the Gods

From city center 4.8 miles

Tour a rock garden of giant proportions on this 4.8-mile loop. You'll pass towering redrock monoliths, golden hillsides, and views of Pikes Peak. ID: 47104

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Pinnacle Mountain

From city center 19 miles

Reenergize yourself on this short but steep 2.5-mile hike (or trail run) to the top of the city's landmark peak. ID: 43670

LOS ANGELES, CA

Temescal Canyon

From city center 19.6 miles

This 4.8-mile hike takes in a leafy canyon, a small waterfall, and ends with a sweet view of the Pacific Ocean. ID: 6943

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Willow Falls

From city center 33.8 miles

This three-mile loop (located just across the Wisconsin line) delivers plenty of cool sights and sounds: rolling bluffs, crashing waterfalls, and beautiful lakeshore views. ID: 22903

*Text imap and the Trip ID to 32075. To view them online, type the URL backpacker.com/hikes/Trip ID. Example: For L.A.'s Temescal Canyon hike, text "imap 6943" to 32075. Or go to backpacker.com/hikes/6943. You'll get directions, trail beta, a map, and more–at no charge from us!

NASHVILLE, TN

Radnor Lake

From city center 10.4 miles

Birds (240 species) far outnumber hikers on this 4.5-mile circuit over woodland hills to the often-breezy shore of Radnor Lake. ID: 22895

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Orchard Beach-Twin Island

From city center 15.9 miles

Sample rocky coastlines, beachside boardwalks, and brackish wetlands on this five-mile dayhike in Pelham Bay, the largest park in New York City. ID: 417758

PORTLAND, OR

Forest Park

From city center 8.3 miles

For the full story on the nation's premier city park, read "The Wild Edge". To sample one of the park's best hikes, loop 5.3 miles through old-growth forests and along streams on the Leif Erickson Corridor and Maple Trails. ID: 25439

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

San Bruno Mountain State Park

From city center 8.9 miles

Loop 3.8 miles through a quiet oasis of undulating hills to San Bruno Mountain, on the city's south side. The 1,076-foot summit overlooks the Pacific Ocean. ID: 7755

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Mueller Park/North Canyon

From city center 11.2 miles

String together two scenic canyons, several campsites, long vistas, and local landmarks like Rudy's Flats and Elephant Rock on this 9.2-miler. ID: 16951

SEATTLE, WA

Poo Poo Point

From city center 20.9 miles

This four-miler in Tiger Mountain State Forest climbs through a moss-draped forest to Poo Poo Point, a grassy perch overlooking the Issaquah Alps. ID: 364362

ST. LOUIS, MO

Walkers Island

From city center 11.5 miles

There's more to Walkers Island than the name suggests. Camp (48 campsites), look for birds (egrets and herons), and cast for fish (catfish and crappie) on this 3.8-mile hike. ID: 330391

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Glover-Archbold Park Loop

From city center 4.7 miles

Minutes from the White House, you'll find a series of tranquil, historic trails along the Potomac River and C&O Canal. Start on the Glover-Archbold Trail and hike 5.5 miles in a counterclockwise loop. ID: 39462

*Text imap and the Trip ID to 32075. To view them online, type the URL backpacker.com/hikes/Trip ID. Example: For L.A.'s Temescal Canyon hike, text "imap 6943" to 32075. Or go to backpacker.com/hikes/6943. You'll get directions, trail beta, a map, and more–at no charge from us!