Hike Rating Guide


The following ratings are to be used as a general guideline to determine the difficulty of a hike, both by the Organizer/Host, and the prospective participants. They are based on the regular hiker that is reasonably fit.  There are two levels of ratings: Technical and Fitness.

Technical Level

None of our hikes are at a high technical level and no special equipment is ever needed. While the occasional use of hands are necessary, I do not lead any hikes that requires scrambling above long drop-offs, or with ropes or chains.

Fitness Level


Day hikes covering mostly level terrain, no difficult trail, generally less than five miles total.


Day hikes covering a variety of terrain, with a few steep or difficult areas, but no prolonged steep grades or difficult terrain, and generally between five and ten miles in length total (or shorter hikes with more difficult terrain), or covering terrain of any length where no trail exists (a bushwhack hike).


Longer dayhikes up to ten miles and more total length, and/or covering terrain that contains prolonged steep or difficult stretches (a short hike could be rated difficult if the terrain is such), or a longer bushwhack hike covering difficult terrain.