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Difficulty Ratings

Each activity has a difficulty ranking, and we do our best to describe the format as much as possible so that you can get an idea of whether it's something that's suitable for you.


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Levels of Difficulty

Relaxed

Short distances at a slow pace; Generally flat terrain, well defined trails; No prior activity experience is necessary; Perfect start for beginners; Not too physically challenging.

In hiking terms, this is usually a day hike (or car camping trip) with less than 4 miles, with minimal elevation change and flat terrain. Sneakers or running shoes are appropriate footwear. 

Easy

Short distances at a slow pace; Relatively flat terrain, well defined trails, may involve some hills; No prior activity experience is necessary; Perfect start for beginners; Not too physically challenging.

In hiking terms, this is usually a day hike (or car camping trip) with less than 7 miles, with more noticeable elevation change (about 600 ft gain/loss), and a slightly rock terrain. Light hiking shoes or sneakers are appropriate footwear.

Moderate

Varying distances at a steady pace; Varying terrain, generally established trails; Some prior experience in the activity is helpful; Designed for those in good physical condition; At times, will be physically challenging.

In hiking terms, this is usually a day hike (or camping trip) with less than 10 miles, with a significant elevation change (>1,000 ft), and a slightly rocky terrain. Hiking boots or light hiking shoes are appropriate.

Advanced

Fast-paced over a short distance or steady-paced over a long distance; Varying terrain, may include off-trail sections, rough spots, unexpected obstacles; Prior experience in the activity is required; Designed for those in good physical condition; Physically challenging.

In hiking terms, this is usually a day hike with more than 10 miles, with a constant, sometimes steep elevation change and rocky terrain. It will include some off trail sections. Hiking boots are required.

Strenuous

Faster-paced over a short distance or steady-paced over a long distance; Difficult terrain, will include off-trail sections, rough spots and unexpected obstacles; Prior experience in the activity is required; Only for those in excellent physical condition; Most physically challenging trips offered by Outdoor Adventures.

In hiking terms, this is usually a day hike (or backpacking trip) with more than 12 miles, with a steep elevation change and very rocky terrain at elevation. Hiking boots are required.

Contact Information

Outdoor Adventures
Hahn University Center 136
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4709
explore@sandiego.edu

Office Hours

M-F 10a.m.. – 5p.m.