Brian Ford from HikebyFaith.com points out some great tips for new hikers.
Know the Trail
In general, experts consider the difficulty of a trail—its elevation gain, the steepness of its inclines, its length—to determine its level. Potential hazards, such as rocks, roots and water, may also factor into a trail’s difficulty rating. You can use the info below as a way to gauge what level might be right for you:
- Beginner trails are suitable for all fitness levels, even if you rarely exercise.
- Intermediate trails require a solid fitness base: You should work out vigorously a few times a week and be able to walk several miles comfortably.
- Advanced trails are for people who don’t have knee or ankle problems (because the terrain is often rocky and uneven)—you should exercise five days a week and have a high fitness level.