Difficulty Ratings

 

Rating Description Examples
D1 An easy hike on wide and maintained trail. 2-3 hours of average hiking time and less than 100m of elevation gain. Suitable for families Rice Lake Wapta Falls
D2 Easy to moderate half-day hike on established trail. No more than 5 hours of average hiking time. Gentle gradient, rolling terrain and less than 500m of elevation gain Lighthouse Park Boom Lake
D3 Moderate day-hike on established trail. 5-7 hours of average hiking time. Moderate gradient, occasional steep and/or rough sections.  Less than 1000m of elevation gain Baden Powell Healy Pass
D4 Difficult day-hike or backpack into less traveled areas. More than 7 hours of average hiking time. Extended steep and/or rough sections, possible bushwhack and off-trail travel.  Cumulative elevation gain might exceed 1000m Mt. Seymour Devil's Thumb
D5 Easy Scramble,  technical crux not harder than class 2 YDS Sigurd Peak Caldron Lake
D6 Moderate Scramble, technical crux not harder than class 3 YDS Golden Ears Noseeum Peak
D7 Difficult Scramble, technical crux not harder than class 4 YDS West Lion Pilot Mtn

 

 

Snow Ratings

 

 

Rating Description Examples
S1 Front country or low elevation trail without snow accumulation. Snowshoes not required Buntzen Lake Lake Louise
S2 Easy snowshoe on mainly flat and maintained trail. No avalanche danger.

Stawamus Chief

Consolation Lakes
S3 Moderate snowshoe. Trail is marked most of the way. Steep sections might be present bellow treeline. Ice-axe generally not required.

Panorama Ridge (Garibaldi)

East End of Rundle
S4 Difficult trip with plenty of steep sections. Portions might be above treeline on steep slopes where ice-axe and knowledge of self-arrest might be required. Mt. Harvey Mt. Jimmy Simpson
S5 Advanced trip, reserved only for fit individuals experienced in winter travel. Extended steep sections. Open slopes above treeline with considerable avalanche danger. Markings might be poor or entirely absent. Ice-axe and knowledge of self-arrest technique is mandatory Castle Towers Big Bend Peak

 

 

Disclaimer

 

Descriptions are used for reference purpose of this site and are by no means absolute set of values. No difficulty rating found on Internet will equally apply to everyone as skill level and experience vastly differ.  Please use them at your own digression; author bears no responsibility for problems resulting from misrepresentation. You and only you are responsible for your own safety.