Hiking Paces - Defined

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Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Pace Definitions and Guidelines

We recognize that everyone has their own pace at which they can comfortably hike and we try as hard as we can to cover each person’s needs. While we can’t customize a hike/pace for every person, we do try to put enough variety on our calendar so that there is something for everyone.


To accommodate our members, we strive to offer more than one pace option for our outings. However, hikes with only one hike leader, for obvious reasons, can only have one pace and will go at a pace that works for a majority of the group, keeping in mind safety, camaraderie, and leaving no one behind.


Offering multiple paces also means we are able to accommodate more hikers for a particular hike while remaining compliant in our pledge to practice good outdoor ethics as established by our partnership with Leave No Trace.

Join our volunteer leadership team today and help us in our goal of providing plenty of options so we always have something for everyone, no matter their pace preferences or limitations. In addition to hike leaders we have many volunteer opportunities as we are a 100% volunteer non-profit organization.

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Pace Option 1: A “nature appreciation” or “social” pace at about 2.0 2.5 mph, which is great for those who want to soak up nature.

Pace Option 2: A moderate pace of about 2.5 to 3.5 mph (most common pace and the pace of an average hiker).

Pace Option 3: A very strenuous and challenging pace of 3.5 mph or faster. No complaints about this pace being too fast because you have been forewarned about what you are getting into when you sign up for it-grin! Of course, there still will be stops for pics, but, when moving the pace is fast, fast, fast!

Pace options 1 and 2 are the most commonly requested paces, hence offered the most.

The pace of a particular hike and any additional pace options, are provided in the hikes event page.


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