Classification of Hikes

These ratings are subjective. They vary with weather, trail or snow conditions and the strength of the party. Experience and fitness are important in coping with different conditions.

Duration: the part requiring stamina

A

No more than 5 hours average hiking time.

B

5-7 hours average hiking time.

C

More than 7 hours average hiking time at a moderate to fast pace.

D

More than 7 hours average hiking time, fast paced, into less traveled areas.  For very fit and experienced hikers only.

Difficulty: the part requiring strength and skill

1

Gentle gradient, rolling terrain.

2

Moderate gradient, occasional fairly steep but short sections.

3

Prolonged steep gradient, some scrambling and/or bushwhacking possible, occasional use of hands may be required.

Elevation Gain (cumulative): the part requiring fitness

a

Up to 500 m

b

500 m to 1000 m

c

1000 m to 1500 m

d

Over 1500 m