Do you know which trail best suits your kid’s walking ability? I developed a trail rating system specifically designed with your kid(s) walking ability in mind.
When I first started hiking with my children, the hiking books we purchased were written for adults hiking … not for adults carrying infants or for families hiking with children. My husband and I quickly learned that the information provided on said hiking books did not suit our needs. Trust me, we learned the hard way. After a lot of hiking and few meltdowns on the trail, we learned the best ways to go about family hiking. I had successfully mastered the art of hiking with a family! My husband suggested I write a family-friendly hiking book. So I did! He also funded my project, in hopes that it would stop trail tantrums.
Take a Hike with Your Children is a first-of-its-kind Rockies guidebook. It is primarily written for families but most importantly from a child’s walking perspective. I developed the following trail rating systems after many outings, tears and laughter. I hope it helps take the guess work out for you when choosing your next hiking adventure.
All Walking Abilities
Children who can walk on their own on easy, flat terrain, but may require assistance in some uneven conditions, up to advanced walkers. ©
Children who can walk without needing assistance on any terrain in this book or any terrain, in general, includes slight elevation gains and the possibility of climbing a limited number of stairs, up to advanced walkers ©
Children who can walk on any terrain in this book including moderate elevation gains and climbing steep and many stairs.
Experienced Walkers – C’mon mom, keep up!
Expert Walkers – these children are athletic, in excellent physical condition, with positive previous hiking experiences, and are looking forward to outpacing mom and dad. They can easily walk a return distance of 10km (6.2 miles) or longer, carrying their own packs and basic supplies, on sometimes moderately to very short steep, rocky and rooty terrain with elevation gains of up to 700m (2, 296 ft). They are bear and animal smart and demonstrate proper trail etiquette.