Sometimes we all need an escape to clear some headspace. The good news is there’s a great hike right outside your door! Here are the best hikes in a few of our MakeSpace cities. Need tips on how to pack for a hike? We’ve got you covered.
- Bear Mountain State Park – A quick hour drive from the city, this is the perfect spot for a day trip. Start your day by taking one of the many kid and dog-friendly hikes in the park, and top it off with a pedal boat ride at lake and lunch at The Bear Mountain Inn.
- Central Park’s 6 Mile Loop – Located in the heart of Manhattan, this scenic loop is the idyllic walk for those who want to explore this urban green space. Make sure to take a quick detour in the North Woods – you may even see a waterfall or two!
- Beacon Mountain – For those looking for a challenging hike, look no further than Beacon Mountain! A 2 hour train ride from Grand Central, this trail requires a tough push to the top and will reward you with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley. Leave some time after to walk the mile down Main Street and explore the local shops before heading back to the Metro North.
- Breakneck Ridge – Don’t let the name scare you away from this trail! Close to Beacon and also accessible by the Metro North, this trail is a steep scramble to the top that brings you to one of the most iconic views of the Hudson River. Start early and you may even have the trail to yourself!
- Mohonk Preserve – For those looking for a longer day trip, drive 2 hours north of the city to Mohonk Preserve. Known for the iconic Mohonk Mountain House, this trail features a scramble, a crossing through “The Lemon Squeeze”, and a beautiful walk through the preserve on the way down. Stay the night at the mountain house, or make your way to nearby Minnewaska State park afterwards.
- Hollywood Sign – You can’t go wrong with this iconic LA hike! This moderate trail will take you right up & close to the Hollywood sign.
- West Observatory Loop Trail – This short hike takes you to the Griffith Observatory, where you will find some of the best views of the city. Kid friendly and quick, this hike is a must-do in your itinerary.
- Runyon Canyon – A celeb hot-spot for hiking, you never know who you’ll run into! A short, moderate hike follows views of the Hollywood Hills and Downtown LA. Just make sure to wear good shoes as it can get slippery due to some loose ground.
- Mugu Peak – A challenging but short hike, Mugu Peak has some of the best views of the Pacific Coast! Start early before it gets too hot as there is no shade on this hike.
- Santa Monica Bike Path – If you’re looking for a hike within the city – this is the one. Walk (or bike) down this nearly 25 mile long path that follows the ocean for a full day of scenic views. Try to count how many beaches you cross!
- Lands End Trail – The iconic trail for a view of the SF coast and the Sutro baths!
- Muir Woods – An easy day trip from the city, the Muir Woods have some of the most unique, and oldest, redwood trees. Filled with easy, and kid friendly hikes, you will spend hours exploring!
- Yosemite – If you’re looking for an overnight camping stop, Yosemite is a must-do. Filled with hiking trails, every single trail has beautiful views.
- Golden Gate Park Loop – This loop will take you through the huge Golden Gate Park. Filled with things to do such as a Botanic Garden and several museums, you will easily spend the day at the park.
- Twin Peaks – Several minutes from the heart of the city, you’ll find Twin Peaks. Hike or drive up to the peak – the view is one of the most beautiful in the city. Highly recommended to visit for sunset!
- Chicago Riverwalk – A must-see in the city, the river walk offers beautiful views of downtown Chicago! Make sure to plan time to take a boat tour or two, as well.
- Magnificent Mile – Another city hike that’s stunning! Walk this 4 mile point-to-point trail for the best views of Lake Michigan.
- Starve Rock State Park – Just under 2 hour from Chicago, this state paks offers numerous trails around a lake, as well as a waterfall.
- Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve – Take a quick trip to some nature with this hiking destination! Just 45 mins. from the city center, this is a must-do weekend trip.
- Botanic Gardens – Located in Glencoe, these gardens offer scenic views and a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city!