Actual vs. Typical Hiking Times and Outing Durations

Actual vs. Typical Hiking Times   

Hiking times represent the total time spent walking (round-trip). This time usually does not include rest stops and lunch breaks.

The "actual" hiking time is what the author reported as his or her walking time. The "typical" hiking time is how long it would take the average fit person to walk the trails during normal, non-winter conditions. This is based on the "typical" person being able to walk 2 miles in one hour on level ground and adding 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet of elevation gained. Additional time may be added in for rough terrain. You should really try to customize the estimated walking time by entering YOUR pace into the Hiking Time Calculator.

Actual vs. Typical Outing Durations   

The outing duration represents the total time between the point when you leave your vehicle up until when you return to it. So it is the whole hike from start to finish, including walking time, rest stops, lunch breaks, sightseeing, etc.

The "actual" outing duration is how long the author spent on the trail. The "typical" outing duration is how long a "typical" person would spend on the trail. This estimate includes the "typical" hiking time plus some extra time allotted for breaks and sightseeing. The best way to come up with an estimate suited to YOU is to review the Hiking Time Comments in conjunction with using the Hiking Time Calculator.

For multi-day backpacks, the typical outing duration is listed in the Route Summary section which has hiking and duration estimates (as well as difficulty ratings) for each day of the backpack. These outing durations are the same as if you did the route as dayhike – so setting up camp and the time spent around camp are not included.

Knife-edge on Durand Ridge of Mt. Adams (photo by Mark Malnati)


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