For casual hikers, particularly day hikers trying to fit in a quick hike in the wilderness and knowing how long a hike will take is of utmost importance. Many times a hiking trail will list its mileage but not an estimated time to complete it, leaving hikers to guess or, worse, set off hoping they'll make it back before the rain or sunset hits. No matter where or how you hike, there are certain variables you can consider when trying to mathematically estimate how long it will take.
Determine your distance and walking speed. The typical walking speed for a hiker is 3.2 kilometers per hour, taking into account the slow pace many take when admiring scenery and traversing uneven terrain. A fast walker may get up or even past 4.8 kilometers per hour.
Add 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet gained in elevation. It is usually unnecessary to make any time adjustments for going down hills--many times this is not faster because you have to control yourself to avoid falling. Individuals with knee problems may struggle going downhills and may tend to go slower.
Make an estimated addition of time due to sightseeing. If there are frequent scenic views or points of interest along the trail, you can expect to stop much more frequently than if you are merely hiking through the forest to a location. If you have never hiked a trail before, this can be hard to estimate, but a liberal estimate is to add five minutes for every anticipated stopping point.
Add the numeric totals in Steps 1 through 3 to come up with an estimated hiking time.
(Sunday, September 6, 2020)
It's Sunday and time for Adventure Weekly Volume 14. Well, following the bi-weekly hike schedule, the next date to set up a hike would be Saturday, October 31, 2020. That's right, the next scheduled hike will fall on Halloween, and as such, I thought maybe we should do something more adventurous. I was thinking a late evening / night hike. It would be like a regular hike, but with headlamps, and probably a little shorter. So, if we are going to do a night hike on Halloween, we need somewhere a little spooky. This is where I I need your help! Where would you recommend for a spooky night halloween hike? Click here and tell me where you want to hike! That's all the news for this week. As always, stay safe, and happy hiking! Lenny Burch Niagara Adventure Club