A short hike directly up the mountain can be tiring. As a beginner, I prefer a longer hike that zigzags up the mountain. The point which a zig turns to a zag is called “switchback.” A hike with many of these can be fun with a large group. Even though everyone can have a significant distance between them on the trail, but the actual proximity directly up the mountain is close enough to see each other.
I have an appreciation for “switchbacks” in life. These are the moments of change that happen in the midst of feeling as though you are never going to get caught up. It can be a new perspective that allows you to gain momentum.