Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Everybody walks and hikes at a different pace and takes different breaks at different times. And that is totally OK. However, while we think that you can hike any hill and any skill level you desire, we do think that it is important to know your skill level, to share that level with your hiking buddy, and with the hike Lead.
When we lead hikes, we rate hikes; Easy, Moderate, and Advanced for Distance, Pace, and Elevation Gains. These are our rough guidelines for those three categories.
EASY level: Be prepared to hike 2-3 miles in the AM and 4-6 total miles for the day.
MODERATE level: Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles in the AM and 8-10 total miles for the day.
ADVANCED level: Be prepared to hike 6-8 miles in the AM and 12-16 total miles for the day.
SUPER HIKER level: More than 16 miles a day puts you into an elite category.
EASY level: You hike at 3.0 to 3.5 miles per hour.
MODERATE level: You hike at 3.3 to 3.8 miles per hour.
ADVANCED level: You hike at 3.5 to 4.0 miles per hour.
SPEEDY level: You hike at 4.0 + miles per hour.
EASY level: Be prepared for 500 to 1500 in elevation gains in a day.
MODERATE level: Be prepared for 1000 to 2000 in elevation gains in a day.
ADVANCED level: Be prepared for 1500 to 3000 in elevation gains in day.
BILLY GOAT level: Be prepared 3000 + in elevation gains in a day.
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Summary: Know your limitations before you go. Share those with your hiking partner and with the Lead. It is also important that you know your partners levels before you go out on the trail. The only thing worse than someone holding your hike up, is holding someone else's hike up. The secret is to know your skill level and to share it.
* NOTE THAT THE ABOVE ARE GUIDELINES and not hard and fast rules.