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Trail Rating Guide

During the hotter months when the temperatures and/or humidity is high, trails will be rated at least one level higher.

Rating Symbol Brief
Definition
Surface Grade Obstacles/
Steps

easiest
Paved Accessible Trail Paved or hard and smooth
None


easy

Mostly smooth and wide Dirt with occasional unevenness
2" or less, rocks and ruts

moderate
Mostly smooth, variable width Dirt with occasional unevenness
<8" rocks and ruts, loose material

moderate difficult
Mostly uneven surfaces Dirt and rock
<12" rocks and ruts, loose material

difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops

extremely difficult
Long rocky segments with possible drops and exposure Dirt and loose rock with continual unevenness
12" or taller, loose rocks, exposure to drops and excessive heat >90F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Trail Rating Card
/ Black and White Trail Rating Card

Know your ability and choose the right trail

Every year, more than 200 people have to be rescued while hiking in parks and preserves. Make an informed decision on which trail to hike. Choose a trail that is within your ability and your hike will be more enjoyable.

Be sure to ALWAYS:

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Tell someone where you are hiking and when you expect to return.
  • Carry plenty of water for your entire hike. Remember water for your dog.
  • When your water is half gone, turn around and return to the trailhead.
  • Carry a cellphone.
  • Don't hike alone.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking.
  • Use maps, know where you are going and what kind of terrain you are hiking on.

In addition to the tips above, here are a couple of basic safety refreshers to keep in mind when recreating outdoors:

  • Carry a bandana in your pack. They are light-weight and can be used for numerous situations. If you are beginning to suffer from excessive heat, wet the bandana and place on the nape of the neck and/or the forehead. This will help to cool you down quickly. Seek shade under a tree or bush.
  • Map miles are not the same as effort miles. On good trails, hikers can go up to 2.5 MPH. On most trails, count on no more than 1 or 1.5 MPH, especially if admiring the views, cooling off under Palo Verde trees, taking pictures, etc.
  • Going uphill takes more time. A 1,000’ climb equals a mile of effort and adds 10 or 20 minutes. Downhill is no faster if the trail is bad.
  • Be wary of rattlesnakes, particularly at night and when it is relatively cool.
  • Carry something to signal with – a police whistle, signal mirror, and matches for a fire, a colored panel – to make you visible.
  • Be considerate – leave no trace.

 

 

Progressive Fitness Hike #5 - Usery Park
Basic Geocaching - McDowell
Saturday Bird Walk - Usery Park
Clay Mine Adventure! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Wildlife Safari - Usery Park
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant
Lunch with the Critters -Estrella Park
Man on the Mountain: Historical Hike - San Tan
Things to Do At or Near Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park
Animal Flashlight Walk - San Tan
Stargazing For Everyone -Estrella Park

New to Arizona? - Usery Park - 11/30/2014
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 11/30/2014
Kids Series: The Saguaro Cactus -Estrella Park - 11/30/2014
The Desert Tortoise and Friends - McDowell - 11/30/2014
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park - 11/30/2014
Take Your Walk to the Desert - Spur Cross - 12/1/2014
Basics of Bird Watching - Usery Park - 12/3/2014
Exploring the Dragonfly Trail - Spur Cross - 12/3/2014
Animal Tracks and Scat - Usery Park - 12/3/2014
Three Mile Thursday - Usery Park - 12/4/2014
Winter Fitness Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/4/2014
Hiking for Fitness - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2014
Thursday Bird Walk - Usery Park - 12/4/2014
Wellness Program -Estrella Park - 12/4/2014
"Just for Kids" - Storytime in the Desert - Usery Park - 12/4/2014
Tales of the Sonoran Desert - White Tank Mtn. - 12/4/2014
Ride with the Ranger to the Clay Mine! - Cave Creek Regional Park - 12/4/2014
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area - 12/5/2014
Backyard Birding - Usery Park - 12/5/2014
"Just for Kids" - Toddler Cruise - Usery Park - 12/5/2014
Super Saguaro Walk - Usery Park - 12/5/2014
Discover the Desert Interpretive Walk - Lake Pleasant - 12/5/2014
Trail Talk Series - San Tan - 12/5/2014
Snake Feeding - White Tank Mtn. - 12/5/2014
Sunset and Full Moon Hike - Lake Pleasant - 12/5/2014
more...


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