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10 mountain hikes for city-dwellers

By: Josh Lew on May 19, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Skyline view from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

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Natural skyscrapers

Hiking in the mountains doesn't always require a drive to the Rockies or a trip to the Alps. Most cities don't have 14,000-foot peaks, but some do have mountains or tall hills that feature challenging hiking trails and stunning scenic overlooks.

These spaces also offer a break from the city environment, a chance to get out into nature for an afternoon (or just a few minutes). For some city dwellers, the best thing about these slopes is that they provide amazing skyline views, like Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, pictured here. Others simply consider them exercise venues — a prettier alternative to the local gym.

Here's a collection of urban peaks that are only a short drive or subway ride away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.