The Archet brigand runs are difficult but doable, solo or group. But they are optional (except for the one where you have to spy on them). You have no choice with Axe Head Path, it leads to your final instance. You can avoid the bloom quest, but you still have to go into those caves. I don't attempt it under lvl 6 with squishys; I did manage it with a lvl 5 dwarf solo.
I'm not saying make it easier..it's easy enough at the right level (and way
easier than it was in Beta 1.0
); just suggest the fellowship, that's all.