Hiking Levels

text: The Grand Canyon Field Institute

Hiking Levels

Hiking Levels

Level 1

Field Institute - Hike Level 1
Field Institute - Hike Level 1a


Walks on level terrain.

Level 2

Field Institute - Hike Level 2
Field Institute - Hike Level 2a

Short day hikes into the canyon or long walks along the rim.

Level 3

Field Institute - Hike Level 3
Field Institute - Hike Level 3a

Slower-paced backpacks to established campgrounds on developed trails.

Level 4

Field Institute - Hike Level 4
Field Institute - Hike Level 4a

Aggressive backpacks on rough, often unmaintained trails.

Level 5

Field Institute - Hike Level 5
Field Institute - Hike Level 5a

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

Level 6–10

Field Institute - Hike Level 6-10
Field Institute - Hike Level 6-10a

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