Walking and hiking are different but interconnected hobbies. Walking deals with concrete, asphalt, sand, and gravel trails, while hiking is done through natural trails. The levels of difficulty for both are different, so here is a review of those levels:
- Easy Access Short Walk
This is the easiest level of walks and hiking, and it can be completed within an hour or less. Using regular shoes during this walk is fine because there are no sharp slopes or slippery steps. Children in strollers, people in wheelchairs, and physically weak people can join this kind of walk because they can easily handle the smooth terrain. In case of bodies of water, bridges are available to cross them.
- Short Walk
It is also an easy trail, but is a little bit more danger is mixed into it. It is also completed within an hour and with normal walking shoes. The short walk also allows almost anyone to complete it regardless of age or fitness level. The difference is that there can be steps this time. The situation with bodies of water and bridges are the same.
- Great Walk or Easier Tramping Track
Still labelled as an easy trail, the great walk can vary its span of time from a few minutes to a whole day, depending on the terrain and length of trail. Aside from walking shoes, hiking boots are also recommended due to the slippery and muddy areas. This trail is also used for mountain biking, so the area will carry signs and posts regarding dangerous turns and paths. The walking person should be low or moderately fit to carry on with the track.
- Tramping Track
This is the second most difficult level because it includes more than one day of hiking and camping but at a comfortable level. Tramping or hiking boots are required in this trail. The terrain will be rough, steep, and unformed. There will also be a lack of bridges for bodies of water. The tramping track can also be used for mountain biking. The complexity of the trail will require the hiker to have seriously high levels of fitness and skills in navigation and survival.
The most difficult level is the route, which deals with hiking and camping for more than one day at an expert level. Sturdy tramping or hiking boots are required. These trails are not used for mountain biking anymore because they are too dangerous for the biker. Aside from the rough, steep, and muddy terrain, there will be a lack of bridges for bodies of water and more poles, and markers. The hiker should be self-sufficient with all the navigation and survival skills she can get, especially if he or she is hiking out there by him or herself.