Photography by Jack Pennington

Hiking Levels - Difficult

Photography by Jack Pennington


Aggressive backpacks on rough, often unmaintained trails.


Up to 10 miles per day

Trail Conditions:

Unpaved, uneven, sometimes unmaintained, steep with loose surface, narrow in sections, 1–2 feet wide, step height up to 2 feet

Suggested Prior Experience:

Excellent physical fitness, recent backpacking required (preferably in Grand Canyon National Park)

Pack Carried:


Pack Weight:

Between 35-40 lbs.

Elevation Change:

Up to 5,000 feet per day

Special Note(s):

Difficult Hiking Level increases to Very Difficult between late May and mid-September