The definition of a hike is literally, "a long walk, especially in the country or wilderness." Just like life, some paths are harder than others. I rate the hikes honestly using this system and because I'm a runner, I also put an equavalent level of run ability in the description (just to be helpful). To be clear: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A RUNNER IN ORDER TO HIKE. I try to offer hikes in all of these categories throughout the year.
You walk around the city but you've never hiked in the woods before. I'd consider this more of a nature walk than a hike but it will still be an easy pace, under 4 miles, mostly flat with some rolling hills.
You've hiked before but nothing too serious. This hike will be an easy pace but there is some uphill or steep sections. You need to have a base level of fitness to enjoy this hike. Recommend that you are in relatively good shape, able to walk for 5-6 hours or run a 10k and any practice on stairs or hill work always helps.
You've hiked before and are looking for a challenge. This hike is usually 6+ miles and has steep sections where you may need to scramble (use hands). You need to have a base level of fitness to enjoy this hike. Recommend that you are in relatively good shape and don't mind pushing your limits. Be able to walk for 6+ hours or run a half marathon and any practice on stairs or hill work always helps.
You've hiked before and are ready to take on a big climb. This hike is high mileage, steep, exposed sections and trail conditions are technical. We bagging major peaks here! You need to have a substantial base level of fitness to enjoy this hike. Recommend that you are in great shape, not afraid to push yourself, and able to walk for 10+ hours or run a marathon and regularly practice stairs or hill work.