Our 5 Trip Ratings help you to gauge the physical intensity of our trips
and to determine what is best for you.

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TRIP RATING 1 -

easy DAY HIKE

Most of our day hikes are Difficulty Rating 1. Participants should be able to hike 1 mile per hour on trail and carry a 10-pound daypack for 3-5 miles. Terrain will be earthen, uneven, sometimes rocky or muddy, and include minor cumulative elevation gain and loss of 400 ft. Difficulty Rating 1 trips are well-suited to participants who do things like ride bike, take walks, or do yoga 2-3 times per week.

Difficulty Rating 1 - Easy Day Hike

Difficulty Rating 1 - Easy Day Hike


TRIP RATING 2 -

beginning backpacker

These are ideal 1st-Time Trips for Beginning Backpackers. Participants should be able to hike 1.5 miles per hour on trail and carry a 30-pound backpack for 5-6 miles each full day of backpacking. Terrain will be earthen, uneven, sometimes rocky or muddy, and include minor cumulative elevation gain and loss of 800 ft. each full day of backpacking. Difficulty Rating 2 trips are well-suited to participants who do things like ride bike, take long walks, or jog 3-5 miles 2-3 times per week.


Trip Ratings 2 and 3 - Celebrating the stairs!


TRIP rating 3 -

moderate backpacker

Participants should be able to hike 2 miles per hour on trail and carry a 30-pound backpack for 8-10 miles each full day of backpacking. Terrain will be earthen, uneven, sometimes rocky or muddy, and often include cumulative elevation gain and loss of 1,300 ft. each full day of backpacking. Difficulty Rating 3 trips are well-suited to participants who regularly do things like ride bike, yoga or cross-fit, lift moderate weights, take long walks, or jog 3-5 miles 2-3 times per week.


TRIP rating 4 -

ambitious backpacker

Participants should be able to hike 2.5 mph on trail and carry a 35-pound backpack for 10-12 miles each full day of backpacking. We will remain on trail, terrain will be rugged and often include daily elevation gain/loss of 2,000 ft. We may need to carry excess water, depending upon water availability and air temperature.  Navigation may require tide charts for shoreline traverse during low tide or may require more technical skills while crossing slippery ice fields or large boulder fields.  Rating 4 trips are well-suited to those with prior backpacking experience and who rigorously exercise 3-4 times per week.


TRIP rating 5 -

hardcore!

This is our most advanced level.  Participants should be able to hike 2.5-3 miles per hour on trail and carry a 35-pound backpack for 12-15 miles each full day of backpacking.  We will remain on trail, terrain will be rugged and often include daily elevation gain/loss of 3,000 ft. We may need to carry excess water, depending upon water availability and air temperature.  Navigation may require tide charts for shoreline traverse during low tide or may require more technical skills while crossing slippery ice fields or large boulder fields.  Rating 5 trips are well-suited to those with prior backpacking experience and who rigorously exercise 4-6 times per week.


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CUSTOM TRIP