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.
Seattle: Squak Mountain
Just outside of Seattle in the sleepy town of Issaquah, the Issaquah Hobart Road winds through the gap between Poo Poo Point and Squak Mountain. A groomed trail leads up from the tarmac to the summit of the roughly 2,000-foot peak, which offers views of the metro area and – on a clear day – Bainbridge Island. Look the other way, and you'll be staring into the Cascades.
Credit: Peter Stevens