Trail Difficulty Ratings Explained

Trail difficulty is rated with a number (which indicates the amount of hill climbing) followed by a letter (which indicates the roughness of the trail).

Part 1: Incline

  1. Very little hill or stair climbing
  2. Some moderate hill or stair climbing
  3. Some significant hill or stair climbing
  4. A good deal of significant hill or stair climbing
  5. Many steep hills or high altitude trails

 

Part 2: Terrain

A. Walk is almost entirely on pavement, probably suitable for baby strollers
B. A significant part of the walk takes place on well-groomed trails with very little more difficult terrain
C. A significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths)
D. A significant part of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain
E. The majority of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain

Source: Canadian Volkssport Federation

 

Part 3: Proximity to Nature & Urban Amenities

These icons are meant to provide a sense of the kind of experience you might expect from using the trail. If you are going somewhere you have never been, be sure to find out all you can before you go, let someone know you are going, and be safe out there.

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