TRAILS OUTINGS SCHEDULE CLASSIFICATION

Hiking & Non-Technical Climbing

Class A Easy trips with a maximum distance of 8 miles R/T and an altitude gain of up to 1200 feet
Class B Trips involving a maximum distance of up to 12 miles R/T and/or an altitude gain of 1200 to 2200 feet
Class C Trips involving a maximum distance of up to 15 miles R/T and/or an altitude gain of 2200 to 3500 feet
Class D Trips exceeding 15 miles R/T and/or an altitude gain of over 3500 feet

All distances and altitudes apply to any one day of a trip. Trips may include overnights and easy backpack to base camp with no increase in classification level. Rough terrain or other situations that increase the difficulty of the trip will result in increasing the classification by one letter.

Backpacking:

Easy Trail travel, 5 miles maximum per day, 1000 foot maximum elevation gain per day
Moderate Mostly trail, 8 miles maximum per day, 2000 foot maximum elevation gain per day
Advance Trail, but part of trip may be without a trail. 12 miles maximum per day, up to 3500 feet max elevation gain per day
Difficult Any of the following: No trail with bushwhacking, over 12 miles per day, over 3500 feet elevation gain per day

Backpacking trips of 4 days or more increases the classification by one level. Hiking experience does not qualify a person for a similar backpack classification. A backpack must be considered as a separate classification.