Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado
One of the most popular peaks in the United States, the 13-mile trail makes for a great first hike. At over 14,000 feet above sea level this hike will take you about as high as you can get in the continental U.S. And if the climb up is too hard on you, you can catch a ride back down on the cog railway.
Mount Hood, Hood River County, Oregon
Mount Hood is a glaciated dormant volcano in the Cascade Mountain range and is a great place to learn some of the skills required for snow climbs. A climb up the most common trail on the south side of the mountain takes about a half day to climb and will take you higher than 11,000 feet above sea level.
Mount Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine
This peak is at the northern end of the Appalachian Mountain range and only ascends about 5,000 feet into the sky, making it a perfect first climb for beginners. Due to the ease of the climb, the trail does receive a great number of hikers, so be sure to get there early as the park does limit the number of climbers it admits each day.
Guadalupe Peak, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
The highest point in Texas, this peak stands alone in the desert and as a result, gives some stunning views of the vastness of the Texan wilderness. The ascent will take you almost 9,000 feet above sea level and round-trip will last about 7 hours.
Now that you have some of the best peaks from all over the country, gear up at Low Valley Outfitters, and start climbing!