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  • The best hikes for novice climbers

    2013-07-18

    Mountain climbing is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding travel experiences out there. In addition to the sense of accomplishment you get from scaling a peak thousands of feet high, the beautiful views at the top are hard to beat. However, there's no denying that making it to the top of these mountains can be a challenging feat for someone who is not an experienced climber. Luckily, there are a number of peaks throughout the U.S. that even the most novice hiker can make his or way up, according to Roadtrippers.

    Mt. Katahdin - Baxter State Park, Maine
    The Northeast is a good place to go for climbers who may not have a lot of experience under their belt. Its highest peak - New Hampshire's Mount Washington - stands at an accessible 6,228 feet. But arguably the best peak for beginners in the region is Maine's Mount Katahdin. The tallest mountain in the Pine Tree State, Katahdin features some incredible views of the untarnished Maine countryside and its famous Knife Edge Trail will surely add some adventure to your journey.

    Stony Man Mountain - Shenandoah Valley National Park, Virginia
    At 4,011 feet, Stony Man Mountain is certainly not the most impressive peak in the eastern U.S., but the trip up is undoubtedly one of the most pleasing hikes in the country. This area of Virginia is replete with lush, green views that you can stop and enjoy at a moment's notice. Not only that, but you can gaze upon several different natural highlights including the Appalachian Mountain Range and George Washington National Forest, Roadtrippers notes.

    Desolation Peak - North Cascades National Park, Washington
    While Desolation Peak is not the highest mountain in Washington and dwarves in comparison to the likes of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helen, it is the perfect size for hikers just starting out. It provides breathtaking views of the North Cascades range, but it is especially appealing to anybody with an interest in literary history. According to the National Park Service, its famous fire lookout was home to Jack Kerouac for a summer he worked at the mountain's peak. He eventually went on to write a book - Desolation Angels - about the experience. Though somewhat more challenging than the hikes in the east coast, a trip up Desolation Peak will certainly be worth it.

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