Hiking Difficulty Levels

Difficulty Level

Description

Easy

  • young and elderly

  • someone in fair hiking condition

  • trails are generally in good condition

  • very little elevation gain

Moderate

  • someone in good hiking condition

  • trails are generally in good condition

  • increased mileage

  • moderate elevation gain

Challenging

  • someone in good hiking condition

  • trails are generally in good condition

  • increased mileage

  • significant elevation gain

Difficult

  • someone in excellent hiking condition

  • trails are generally in good condition

  • significant increase in mileage

  • significant increase in elevation gain

Very Difficult

  • someone in excellent hiking condition

  • trails are not always in good condition

  • significant increase in mileage

  • significant increase in elevation gain

Extreme

  • someone in exceptional hiking/climbing condition

  • trails are not always available

  • significant increase in mileage

  • extreme elevation gain

  • technical aspects of hike