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DIFFICULTY METER

Easy - Moderate - Challenging

We all want to do things that we love and enjoy.  We also occasionally want to push ourselves.  We offer you the opportunity to go a little beyond your comfort zone in the safety of the LA Community. 

 

You and only you know your comfort level.  We don’t want you to push yourself until you’re ready.  We also want you to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of every adventure. 

 

We encourage you to reach out if you have any questions about a particular adventure.  Together we can talk it through and provide you with additional information to help find the adventures that best meet your needs.

EASY

A walk that does not have a great gain or loss of altitude. 

Pretty even footing. Includes Urban and semi-urban walks and well-maintained trails. 
Pace: Nice walking pace
Average distance is up to 9 km (5.6 Miles)
Average walking time: 3 hours
Altitude change: less than 300 meters ( 985 feet)
Terrain: Asphalt or well-maintained trails. Some rocky roads

MODERATE

  • Ideal for those used to walking

  • Some fitness level is helpful

  • The surface may be slippery with occasional rocky and/or loose soil

  • Mud may be present at times

  • Proper footwear encouraged

  • There will be steeper ascents and descents

  • Trekking poles recommended for those who use them

  • Pace: Slow or active (this will be clearly indicated in the adventure description)

  • Average distance: between 5 - 13 km (3.1 – 8 miles)

  • Average walking time: up to 6 hours

  • Altitude change: 200 - 600 meters (660 – 1970 feet)

MODERATE - CHALLENGING

  • Suitable for those with a decent fitness level

  • Should be able to walk uphill for a length of time

  • Pace is occasionally faster

  • Usually there is some uneven terrain and steeper descents

  • Proper footwear required

  • Pace: a nice, steady speed

  • Average distance: 10 - 20 km (6.2 – 12.4 miles, and occasionally more on some of Destination Walks)

  • Average walking time: varied but can be up to all day

  • Altitude change: 400m + (1312 feet and up)

CHALLENGING

  • This category is for the experienced hiker

  • Ability to move well on various mountain terrain

  • Terrain may be slippery at times

  • Some mountaineering equipment may be required

  • Good physical preparation is needed 

  • Altitude change is generally more than 1000m (3280 feet)

  • Pace: Varies depending on terrain and group

  • Average distance: Varies depending on adventure, however these are usually the longer hikes over 20km per leg 

  • Average walking time: Varies but often all day

  • Altitude change: 1000m+ (3280 feet and up)

TIMINGS

Half-Day and Full-Day tour times vary.


For example, we may start at 8:30 and end at 12 noon.

It depends on the tour and the particular skill level of the group


For general guidance*:

Half-Day: Usually starts at 9:00 and ends around 13:00 (9am – 1pm)


Full-Day: Usually starts at 9:00 and ends around 17:00 (9am to 5pm)


* Some short hikes may only last 1 ½ hours yet still be considered a Moderate or Challenging hike.