City dwellers live vertical lives in the least pleasant way imaginable, trudging to walkup apartments and elevating to fifth-floor offices. All the more reason to get out of the city and climb – genuinely climb – a mountain. These summit hikes, all within a short drive of major metropolitan areas, allow urbanites to summit a peak (however small) in one day and make it home in time to order a pizza and catch the game. It's a different way to get up and a great detour from routine.
Denver: Three Sisters
You won't have trouble finding trails near Denver. At Alderfer/Three Sisters Park, located between the city and the Front Range, rock formations dubbed "The Three Sisters" and "The Brother" poke out of the prairie and offer views of Bear Creek Basin, Mount Evans, and the town of Evergreen. Some 14.9 miles of trails wind through the park, but this spot is far better for bouldering than hiking. Climb to the top and look west toward the more serious summits.
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