6 of the Best Climbs Not Far Off the Beaten Path

Most climbers’ favorite routes are hidden away from prying eyes; the kinds of places you can call your own. Whether you’ve never even considered summiting a mountain before or are just looking for some new terrain, these are five easily-accessible climbs anyone can enjoy.

mount fujiMount Fuji, Japan (3776 meters)
Not only is Mount Fuji one of the most recognizable peaks in the world, it’s also a great introduction to climbing. The most popular summit route, Kawaguchiko, requires no technical terrain. The trail is well-established and well-peopled. This route gives you a taste of the stamina required for mountaineering without presenting insurmountable challenges to new climbers.

Mount KilimanjaroMount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (5895 meters)
Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, thrusting nearly 6000 meters into the heavens. That’s right: the highest mountain on a whole continent can be tackled by a mountaineer still learning the ropes. You’ll need to sign on with a guided tour. This is a multi-day adventure. The thin air is a big challenge, but the ascent is technically straightforward and consists simply of hiking. It’s difficult and thrilling but certainly achievable.

TofanaTofana di Rozes, Italy (3225 meters)
This stunning mountain hike in Italy’s storied Dolomites offers a taste of exposed rock climbing made accessible by a system of ladders, rungs, and cables, to which the climber is tethered in case of fall. The ascent from the trailhead will gain you 1,200 meters of elevation. And the views from the summit are among the most beautiful in the world.

mount BreithornBreithorn, Switzerland (4164 meters)
The normal route taken to summit this long ridge line offers easy climbing conditions on 35 degrees of snow or ice. It’s a good test of skills without being too technically inaccessible for newer mountaineers. As with any high altitude, you’ll need to be acclimated, take the climb slowly, and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness of injury. Afterward, you’ll be able to brag that you’ve climbed in the Alps.

pikes peakPikes Peak, Colorado, United States (4302 meters)
The Barr Trail to Pikes Peak’s summit gains 2289 meters in its 13 miles. This iconic Colorado mountain gets hikers way up there, but the trail is well-defined and well-trafficked. Afternoon showers can be a challenge, so plan to begin your ascent before dawn. And if you reach the top and aren’t quite ready to trek the way back, you can hop on the cable car to rest your legs and revel in your accomplishment.

Guadalupe PeakGuadalupe Peak, Texas, United States (2667 meters)
They say everything is bigger in Texas, but the highest peak in the state is a good challenge for climbers of all levels and a popular choice for visitors to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In a state that has few mountains, you are guaranteed long-reaching panorama from the summit. And given the vastness and stark western beauty Texas has to offer, that’s a panorama well worth surveying.