HIKE RATING SYSTEM

Everyone brings different skills and ability to a hike.  What might be “just a walk in the park” to one hiker may be a “trial by fire” to another.  We have chosen to rate hikes using distance and total elevation gain in an attempt to inform the “average” hiker what to expect.  It is left up to the individual to judge how this rating applies to him or her.  It can also be useful to consider the pace at which a hike will be conducted.  If in doubt, contact the respective Hike Leader to discuss your concerns.

Greenville Natural History Association’s
Hike Rating System

Hike
(miles)

Elevation Gain (ft.)

Points

1

200

1

2

400

2

3

600

3

4

800

4

5

1000

5

6

1200

6

7

1400

7

8

1600

8

9

1800

9

10

2000

10

11

2200

11

12

2400

12

 
 
 

Rating:
Add points from distance and elevation gain

0-4 = easy (E)

5-8 = moderate (M)

9-12 = moderate/strenuous (MS)

13-16 = strenuous (S)

17-20 = very strenuous (VS)

21+  = very very strenuous (VVS)

 

 

Example:

M: Distance of hike: 8 miles = 8 points

EG: Elevation gain: 1000 feet = 5 points

TOTAL = 13 Points

R: Rating = Strenuous

 
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