easy hikes

Tree 4

rare

  • suitable for the very young to the elderly of all fitness levels

  • trail is less than 2 miles long and has little elevation

  • trail is in good condition, may be paved or has hardened gravel

medium rare

  • suitable for most active participants with a reasonable fitness level

  • trail has increased length and/or some elevation gain

  • trail is in good condition with small obstacles

moderate hikes

Tree 3

medium

  • suitable for people with  a good fitness level

  • trail is longer than 3 miles and/or has significant elevation gain

  • trail has varied terrain with ascents and descents and some obstacles

medium well

  • suitable for people with an excellent fitness level

  • trail has a significant increased in mileage and/or elevation gain

  • trail has varied terrain with significant ascents and descents and obstacles

difficult hikes

Tree-2

well done

  • suitable for people with an excellent fitness level

  • trail has a significant increase in mileage and/or elevation gain

  • trail not always in good condition and has many obstacles with significant ascents and descents

burnt

  • this is the most physically demanding hike and only for people with an excellent fitness level

  • trail is longer than 5 miles and/or extreme elevation gain

  • trail not always in good condition and difficult to locate 

  • there are technical aspects of the hike and many obstacles with extreme  ascents and descents

types of trails

difficulty rating scale

Compass

This type of trail takes you out to a certain point then you must turn around and go back the way you came to return to the trailhead. The mileage for the trail is for both directions together. 

Compass

point to point

This type of trail starts and ends in different  locations. The mileage for this type of trail is for the length in one direction.

loop trail

Compass

This type of trail takes you back to the trailhead  without repeating portions of the trail.

Compass

semi-loop trail

This is an out & back trail that has a loop for a portion of the trail. Some portions of the trail will be repeated. 

out & back
trail

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