Below is a rating system that we have devised to help runners understand the difficulty of particular trail runs that we offer. Although it is easy to classify a trail based on distance and elevation gain there are many other factor that runners should take into account that are not listed below. Most will find running at higher altitudes can make a trail feel significantly harder than if running a similar profile at home. Also, varying mountain weather, possible technical trail conditions, and wearing a running pack with items for the day should be taken into consideration.
Short: 1-5 miles
Moderate: 5-15 miles
Long: 15-25 miles
Very Long: 25+ miles
Minimum: < 500’
Typically a short distance run on flat or slightly down hill trails.
Moderate distances on flat or rolling trails with minimum elevation gain.
Short distances with low elevation gain.
Long distances on flat or rolling trails with low elevation gain.
Moderate distances on rolling trails with moderate elevation gain.
Short distances with high elevation gain.
Long distances with moderate elevation gain.
Moderate/Long distances with high elevation gain.
Long/Very long distances with high elevation gain.
Long distances with significant elevation gain.