Photography by Jack Pennington

Hiking Levels - Very Difficult

Photography by Jack Pennington

Very Difficult

Lengthy backpacks in remote regions over rough, steep terrain on unmaintained trails.


May exceed 11 miles per day

Trail Conditions:

Unpaved, uneven, unmaintained, steep with loose surface, narrow in sections, 1–2 feet wide when trail present, some off-trail, some route-finding, step height up to 3 feet

Suggested Prior Experience:

Superior physical fitness, prior Grand Canyon backpacking strongly recommended, comfortable with rock scrambling

Pack Carried:


Pack Weight:

Over 40 lbs.

Elevation Change:

Up to 5,000 feet per day

Special Note(s):

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