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Guide to Tuolumne Meadows Trails (1960) by Allan Shields


HIKE CLASSIFICATION

(approximate figures only)

All of the following hikes are graded on a five point scale, as follows: (mileage given means round trip)

1. Easy half-day (or less) - Involves a climb of 1000 feet or less; under five miles.
2. Easy all-day - Involves a climb of 1500 feet or less; under 8 miles.
3. Moderate all-day - Involves a climb of 2000 feet or less; under 10 miles.
4. Strenuous all-day - Involves steep climbs of 2000-2500 feet; 10 to 12 miles.
5. Very strenuous all-day - Involves steep climbs, descents, of 2000 to 3000 feet; 10 to 15 miles.

Disagreements abound over the distinctions of these grades, but they appear to be sufficiently helpful to use as guides. Remember, they refer to the effect on a person who is used to the region and fairly well conditioned physically.



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