Photography by Jack Pennington

Hiking Levels - Experts Only

Photography by Jack Pennington

Experts Only

Lengthy backpacks negotiating off-trail terrain requiring frequent rock climbing and precautionary belays.


May exceed 11 miles per day

Trail Conditions:

Predominantly off-trail, unpaved, extremely uneven, unmaintained, very steep with loose surface, very narrow in sections, 1–2 feet wide when trail present, frequent route-finding, may involve precautionary belays and rock climbing

Suggested Prior Experience:

Superior physical fitness, comparable Grand Canyon backpacking, comfortable with rock scrambling

Pack Carried:


Pack Weight:

Up to 60 lbs.

Elevation Change:

Usually exceed 5,000 feet per day