Elephant Mountain (象山, Xiangshan)
For the best view of Taipei City, make a hike to the top of Elephant Mountain!
The best time to hike the mountain is during late afternoon, this way you can catch the sunset as well as a daytime view and stunning nighttime view of the city, however the trail can get relatively crowded during the weekend.
The hike takes a total of around 15-20 minutes to the top, and includes lots of stairs! Remember to take a left at the fork in the path. After around 8-10 minutes, you will reach a landing area with facilities and restrooms where the path branches off in multiple directions.
From MRT Xiangshan:
After arriving at Xiangshan station (象山), the terminus of Red Line 2, leave from Exit 2 and continue walking alongside the edge of the park. At the end of this road, take a left and follow until you see the entrance for Xiangshan Hiking Trail (象山登山步道).
That picturesque photo you always see of Taipei City? This is it!
From Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan), you can easily continue on to Tiger Mountain and 9-5 Peak, two renowned trails in Taipei City.
For a more detailed map of hiking trails in Taipei City, check here.