To help hikers decide which hike is suitable for them, GVTA sponsored hikes are described according to distance or length of the hike, level of difficulty or hike rating, hike speed or pace level, or whether it is a family hikes.
To determine the level of difficulty, GVTA uses Hike Ontario’s rating system to help hikers decide which hike is suitable for their level of fitness.
Level 1: Well-defined trails, gentle inclines. Hiking boots are not required but trails may be wet. Is suitable for beginners. This level is recommended for newcomers to club activities.
Level 2: Generally on trail. May be hilly, light bushwhacking, some rough spots or obstacles. Hiking boots are recommended.
Level 3: Rough terrain with one or more of the following: extensive bushwhacking, steep sections, long climbs and descents, beaver dams, rock scrambling or other obstacles. Hiking boots required. Level 2 experience and a high level of fitness essential. Long pants and long sleeves recommended.
Leisurely: Hike leader will lead the hike at less than 2 km per hour.
Slow: Hike leader will lead the hike at 2-3 km per hour.
Moderate: Hike leader will lead the hike at about 3-4 km per hour.
Fast: Hike leader will lead the hike at 5 km or faster per hour.
Hikes identified as ‘Family hikes’: