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Activity Levels

Easy

Trips rated EASY typically have 1-3 hours of activity per day, with hikes/walks less than 3 miles on mostly flat terrain at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have less than 2 miles of paddling per day.

Easy and Moderate

Trips rated as EASY and MODERATE are designed for travelers seeking a trip that includes some days with an EASY activity level, and some days with a MODERATE activity level.

The EASY days typically have 1-3 hours of activity per day, with hikes/walks less than 3 miles on mostly flat terrain at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have less than 2 miles of paddling per day.

The MODERATE days typically have 3-6 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 10 miles on rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have 3-7 miles of paddling per day.

Moderate

Trips rated MODERATE typically have 3-6 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 10 miles on rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have 3-7 miles of paddling per day.

Moderate and Strenuous

Trips rated as MODERATE and STRENUOUS are designed for travelers seeking a trip that includes some days with a MODERATE activity level, and some days with a STRENUOUS activity level.

The MODERATE days typically have 3-6 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 10 miles on rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 8,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have 3-7 miles of paddling per day.

The STRENUOUS days typically have 5-8 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 10-12 miles on mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 14,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have up to 10 miles of paddling per day. Prior experience hiking at high elevation and a doctor’s release may be required.

Strenuous

Trips rated STRENUOUS typically have 5-8 hours of activity per day, with hikes up to 10-12 miles on mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails at altitudes of up to 14,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have up to 10 miles of paddling per day. Prior experience hiking at high elevation and a doctor’s release may be required.

Ultimate Challenge

Designed for very fit and experienced hikers. Trips rated ULTIMATE CHALLENGE typically have 10 or more hours of activity per day, hiking 12 or more miles on remote, mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents, and uneven trails at altitudes often exceeding 14,000 feet. Itineraries with kayaking will have 10 or more miles of paddling per day. Prior experience hiking at high elevation and a doctor’s release will be required.