Backpackers on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon.

Backpackers on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon.

“How hard will that hike be?” That’s a question all dayhikers and backpackers, from beginners to experts, think about all the time—and it’s not always easy to answer. But there are ways of evaluating any hike’s difficulty, using available information, that can help you understand what to expect before you leave home. No matter how relatively easy or arduous the hike, or where you fall on the spectrum of hiking experience or personal fitness, this e-guide will tell you exactly how to answer that question—and what information to seek to reach that answer. It covers the many “hard,” or concrete metrics, including a five-level rating system, plus “soft” measures including indicators of difficulty, calculating hiking time, and decision-making.

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