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According to Thesaurus it means guide along route, often over water. Are there other similar words but that are more commonly associated with land/terrain? Example:

I found it difficult to [...] in that mountain. There were too many trees.

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"Navigate" would often be used in this sense... you could also use "negotiate" - if there were a lot of obstructions on your path. (You wouldn't use "in", with it.)

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You could indeed use navigate, alternatively, you could use travel:

I found it difficult to travel in that mountain. There were too many trees.

However, I would suggest changing the sentence around instead. Something like:

Walking on that mountain was hard.

Navigating the mountain was hard.

Or even

The going was hard on that mountain.

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'To traverse' is another alternative. Best fits the need here I guess, as evidenced by example sentences used to illustrate the meaning of traverse... (Eg: He traversed the forest wearily.)

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I found it difficult to navigate that mountain. (no 'in')

I found it difficult to climb that mountain. ('climb' being the most typical very associated with mountains)

I found it difficult to ascend that mountain.

It's true that 'negotiate' could also work, as the previous answer states.

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There is a niche sport called "orienteering" where:

orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive sport.

As such, the verb "to orienteer" is something you hear people use when talking about finding their way in, for instance, a dense wood.

To speak to your example, you would say,

I found it difficult to orienteer on that mountain. There were too many trees.

Unlike the verb "to orient" which takes a reflexive pronoun in that case, you would not follow the same construct with "to orienteer".

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  • +1 Not sure why this has been voted down???? orientate according to definition No.2 Seems to be what the OP is asking for?
    – 7caifyi
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 15:09
  • I found it difficult to orientate myself on that mountain. There were too many trees.
    – 7caifyi
    Commented Apr 15, 2015 at 15:10
  • I like orientate real well. It is a BrE spelling though, right?
    – tylerharms
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 7:03
  • The OP did not specify.
    – 7caifyi
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 16:31
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There doesn't seem to be a terrestrial equivalent for "navigate". But since what you mean is that you found it difficult to find the way in that mountain, why don't you just say exactly that?

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Orientate according to definition No.2

I found it difficult to orientate myself on that mountain. There were too many trees.

Or map-read could also be used map-read:-

The determination of position by identification of landmarks with their representations on a map or chart.

I found it difficult to map-read on that mountain. There were too many trees

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