An inspired walking and hiking enthusiast will likely try all types of trails he or she can get to experience. In the Walks and Hiking page, we have listed down the differences and the levels of walking and hiking. But truth be told, there are more classifications of walking and hiking trails. This article lists down those classifications according to the geographical and social types of walking and hiking.
This means that the trail has an intersection for different pathways, so the walking people can head to different directions during the walk. It is a nice trail best done in groups to avoid confusion.
Contrary to a loop, a point-to point is a trail in which the starting and finishing points are different. A hiker must be at least experienced in hiking before doing this alone.
- Access Trail
This kind of trail is basically a path which is connected to a town, city, road, or another trail system. This can be proved to be safe as long as it is a regular access trail used by other people.
- Family Walk
As the name itself entails, this type is especially for families who want to share a walking trip together. It is safe for all ages, and is usually circular to prevent any disappearance mishaps. The whole length of the trail will only take a few hours and has a few slopes. As safe as it is, family members should still be careful of the trail, especially during rainy days when the stones and soils can get slippery or muddy.
- Nature Trail
This kind of trail is very educational and adventurous at the same time, and it feels like going to an open area of a museum or botanical garden. Going on nature trails will be quite as short as or shorter than family walks. Nature trails are built nearby conservation areas, and there will be stops for plates captioning trees, plants, and terrain’s historical, biological, and geographical information. Hikers can go on at their own pace, and they can also build their knowledge with the plates. School field trips usually opt for the nature trails.
- Country Trail
These are walking and hiking trails that go along country parks or other significant landmarks in the area. They are usually for walking and looking at the beautiful sceneries along the landmarks. In addition, these improve the visitors’ aesthetic appreciation for the countryside and nature itself.
- Backcountry Trail
In comparison to the country trail, the backcountry trail is a relatively dangerous one because it can be called the road less travelled. Motorists can drive in the trail, but the road is not actually maintained, and the existence of decent and inhabited buildings is scarce. It is best to research first on the trail’s safety and having a companion during the walking or hiking.
- Long Trail
Experienced hikers sometimes opt for this as an ultimate test of courage and adventure. Long trails are far longer than the first three, and will take days to finish depending on the terrain. They are usually between the distances of 50 to 100 kilometers. The hiking will be required to be accompanied by survivalist camping and navigation. It is best to hike with people you trust to assure a nice hiking experience.