Hikes

Hike intensity level ratings are based on complexity/technicality of trail tread surface (balance required), steepness of slopes (strength and balance required), and distance (endurance).  The ! rating is reserved for hikes with specific and uncommon challenges, such as rock scrambles very near cliff edges.

+

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+ Paved, or primarily packed-tread trails; predictable tread. May be ADA-accessible.

Elevation Gain: Less than 200 ft
Trip Length: 1.5 miles or less
Tread: Constant; predictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Wide bridges
Third point of contact required? No

1

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1 Flat(ish) with mild walking hazards (loose gravel, tree roots across trail, wet areas); predictable tread

Elevation Gain: 200 ft or more
Trip Length: 1.5 miles or greater
Tread: Mostly constant; predictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Bridges
Third point of contact required? No

2

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2 Hilly with moderate walking hazards (loose rocks, tree branches across trail)

Elevation Gain: 600 ft or more
Trip Length: 2 miles or greater
Tread: Varied; somewhat predictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Closely-spaced objects
Third point of contact required? No

 

3

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3 Significant elevation gain along trails with moderate walking hazards (loose rocks, tree branches across trail, 'rock hop' stream crossings)

Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft or more
Trip Length: 3 miles or greater
Tread: Varied; less predictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Objects irregularly spaced; possibly far apart
Third point of contact required? No, but helpful

4

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4 Significant elevation gain along trails with path obstacles, which may require brief, steep sections of scrambling

Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft or more
Trip Length: 6 miles or greater
Tread: Varied;  less predictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Objects irregularly spaced; possibly far apart
Third point of contact required? Yes

5

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5 Substantial elevation gain along trails with extensive path obstacles, including steep sections of scrambling

Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft or more
Trip Length: 8 miles or greater
Tread: Varied; unpredictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Objects to step on potentially very far apart.
Third point of contact required? Yes

 

!

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! Substantial elevation gain, extensive path obstacles/scrambling, and additional challenges, such as technical trail sections along cliff edges with little room for error.

Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft or more
Trip Length: 10 miles or greater
Tread: Varied; unpredictable
Stream Crossings (if any): Objects to step on potentially very far apart.
Third point of contact required? Yes

 

Notes

Elevation Gain. 10 ft of elevation is roughly equivalent to one flight of stairs.  Gentler slopes are less challenging than walking up a flight of stairs.  Steeper slopes require scrambling (see below).

Scrambling involves very steep, rapid elevation gain and requires use of a third point of contacthands or adaptive equipment, not trekking poles.  No special climbing equipment is needed.

 

If you have questions about what to expect for any trip, please don't hesitate to contact us!