Backpacking Trip Ratings
We've changed the way we denote backpack difficulty. As before, trips
are assigned difficulty ratings based on overall mileage, ascent, descent,
campsite elevations, and other factors. In the past, we’ve used
words such as "Light" and "Moderate" and "Strenuous"
to label five categories of trip difficulty. However, these words mean
different things to different people. So now we’ve simply numbered
the same five categories from 1 to 5, with "1" denoting the
least difficult of our trips and "5" the most difficult.
These ratings serve as a general guide to difficulty. To more fully
understand the trip difficulty, please consult the trip brochure and
discuss with the trip leader.