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Gordon's hiking Level system

Hi Everyone
I have been asked how does the hiking Level system I use works .This is the system I use
Note: Rating the hike is the most difficult aspect of putting on a hike; Things that might affect a rating are current and past weather, time of year, terrain, size of the group. Sometimes I may rate a hike using a half level meaning the hike’s difficulty is easier than the higher rating, but harder than the lower rating Example level 1.5

The ratings below are based on perfect conditions.

Level 1 - Easy hike an introductory level; suitable for most people, typically: easy climbs (100m), easy grades, short distances, (less than 5km), good trail conditions 1-3 hours hiking
Example - East Sooke Park: Alyard Farm to Beechy Head

Level 2 – Average hike - suitable for most hikers, typically: moderate climbs (up to 400m), moderate grades, moderate distances, (up o 10km), average trail conditions 2-5 hours hiking Example -. Jocelyn Hill (from Caleb Pike)

Level 3 – Moderate hike - Suitable for fitter hikers. Typically: harder climbs (up to 600m), steeper grades, longer distances (up to 15 km), rugged trail conditions
Example – East Sooke Park – full coast

Level 4 - Strenuous hike. For the more adventurous. May contain: steep, high climbs, long distances, or poor trail conditions.
Example- Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: China Beach to Bear Beach

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