Lets be honest–these days backpackers can be found everywhere, with cities being a major source. While it would seem that people who love the outdoors as much as backpackers do would never want to live in a city, tons of them do. The goal of this series of blog posts is to provide relatively close hikes for those of us who live in metropolitan areas. Some of these areas may be overrun with people, but there are quite a few wilderness areas that allow you to enjoy solitude away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These areas are also great places for beginners to take their first backpacking trips, because they usually are small and have well maintained trails with accurate maps. Make sure to join the RSS feed or check back regularly to stay in the loop!