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.
Philadelphia: Blue Mountain
Just outside the "City of Brotherly Love," Blue Mountain's Pinnacle, a rocky promontory, affords stunning views of Berks and Lehigh counties. If you follow the 9-mile loop past Pulpit Rock before arriving at the summit, you'll be hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. Just be prepared to scramble – the trail is rocky.
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