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!
After arriving at Xiangshan station (象山), the terminus of the red line, 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.
From Taipei 101:
From the base of Taipei 101, walk east on Xinyi Road (信義路) for one block. Turn right onto Songren Road (松仁路) and walk for three blocks. After you pass the high school on the right, take a left on Xinyi Road, Section 5, Lane 150, Alley 14 (信義路五段150巷14弄). Continue walking straight down this road until you see the entrance to the trail. It might seem complicated, but it's only a 15 minute walk from 101 and it's completely worth it.
That picturesque photo you always see of Taipei City? This is it!
From Elephant Mountain, 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.