Tips for Choosing a Hiking Site

Are you planning a hiking trip? If so then it’s important to consider various issues to make sure you’re picking the best location for your journey. There are different points you could take up but here are some of the most important ones:


This rating system refers to the Yosemite Decimal System. It’s one way to classify hikes/climbs easily. It was originally known as the “Sierra Club” grading system. However, it’s often used now among many rock climbers as well as mountaineers.

The majority of hikes are in Class 1 or Class 2. On the other hand, Class 3 and higher involves climbing or scrambling. In that case, you’ll need to use your hands to maintain your balance.

When you select your hike, remember that Class 2 is a very broad category. So it’s better to read route descriptions very carefully to figure out if the Class 2 parts of your hike are reasonable for you to complete.  Here are descriptions of the different categories:

Class 1: Easy hiking with little elevation gain and not many obstacles.

Class2: More strenuous hiking. Some if it could be off-trail and might require putting hands down sometimes to maintain your balance.

Class 3: Un-roped or scrambling climbing

Class 4: Climbing using a rope

Class 5: Technical climbing

Fitness Level

You should be honest in considering your fitness level. For example, do you have any health issues including ankle or joint issues? Do you have asthma, allergies or heart problems? It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before you go on your trip. He/She can provide any feedback if you need to take any precautions.

Talk a walk in the walk

When you hike, it doesn’t have to be on a huge mountain. There are also short trails at local parks. You can find a list of parks from your city or town at the parks department. It can provide you a list of trails close to your home.

After you’ve mastered the local parks, you could then move up to state or local parks. Make sure that you follow the right safety tips and bring the right equipment. This will help to maximize the effectiveness of your trip.


This is one of the most important issues to consider when you pick hiking trails. There are many different factors including the distance, terrain, elevation, and so on. It’s advisable to choose a path that’s going to be somewhat challenging but not too much so. For example, you could pick a short trail that’s with a slightly steeper elevation or a longer path with a level elevation.

There’s no right or wrong option when considering this matter. Just make sure that the trail is challenging enough to make the hike interesting, but not too much so that you’ll get exhausted or frustrated.

Easy Hikes

You should even try some easy hikes on your own. These should be on natural terrain so there would be minimal chance of injuries happening. You can find a list of ideal locations for these hikes from your city or town.

Hiking Companion

You should also consider whether or not you need a hiking companion. As a general rule, you should always hike with a partner in case there’s an emergency, and someone has to get help. Not only that but it can be more enjoyable as well when you have someone with you on the trails.

You can find some new fellow hikers through various sources. They include social groups, mountain hiking classes, and other sources. You can also join friends and family since you already know them fairly well, which will make it easier.