Hike Rating Guide

Levels of Difficulty

Levels of difficulty are rated on a scale of 1-5. 1 being the least difficult and 5 being the most difficult.

  1. Hiking distance less than 4 miles per day, elevation gain less than 500 feet, trails well maintained.
  2. Hiking distance less than 6 miles per day, elevation gain less than 950 feet, trails well maintained.
  3. Hiking distance 4-8 miles per day, elevation gain/loss 1000+ feet per day, some off trail hiking.
  4. Hiking distance 5-12 miles per day, elevation gain/loss 1800+ feet per day, some off trail hiking.
  5. Hiking distance 6-15 miles per day, elevation gain/loss 2300+ feet per day, majority is rough trails or off trail hiking.

Levels of Solitude

Levels of solitude are rated on a scale of 1-5. 1 being the least amount of solitude and 5 being the most amount of solitude

  1. Access is by roadway. Area is frequently used by others, we will see multiple groups also using the area each day.
  2. Area is frequently used by others, we will see a handful of groups also using the area each day.
  3. Access is by hiking only, it is a popular area and has high use during peak seasons, we expect to see 4-7 other groups using this area each day.
  4. Remote access, little to no use, we should see few other groups using this area during our trip.
  5. Remote access, next to no use by other visitors, we might see one or two other groups during our entire trip.

Physical Requirements

All participants need to be exercising multiple times per week to ensure good health and a positive hiking experience.
Here are some things you can do to prepare:

  1. Be active each day for at least 45 minutes.
  2. Climb stairs to build up leg muscles and to mimic hiking up hills in the mountains.
  3. Set a goal to be comfortable hiking 7-11 miles per day, you know your limits so preparing properly will enhance your experience and help you reach your goals.
  4. Visit your physician and let them know what your plan is a head of time. This is an appropriate time to get the green light to go on your adventure with us and to ask for advice of how to prepare properly.
  5. Try out all braces and additional support items during exercise before your trip begins.