Difficulty Ratings Defined

Below is an explanation of what you can expect the difficulty ratings to indicate. What one person thinks of as an "easy" trip, someone else might call "moderate"–so this legend explains what the difficulty ratings mean when used on our website.

 

      Difficulty Ratings

1. 

Relaxed

Some physical stamina necessary, mostly relaxed pace of activity. 

2. 

Easy

Easy Up to 3 hours of (generally easy) physical activity a day.

3. 

Moderate

3 to 5 hours of activity a day and/or elevation gain, higher altitude, longer distance, uneven terrain.

4. 

Challenging

5 to 7 hours of sustained physical activity, good levels of fitness and technical ability required.

5. 

More Challenging

More than 7 hours of activity and/or involving high levels of technical ability and stamina. Involves long days and distances, extended camping, high altitude or ascent for extensive days.