AVA TRAIL/ROUTE RATING SYSTEM

 

 

Part 1 – INCLINE/ELEVATION

 

Part 2 - TERRAIN

1

Very small hills or very little stair climbing.

A

Almost entirely on pavement.

2

Some moderate hills or stair climbing.

B

A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.

3

Some significant hill or stair climbing.

C

A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths or soft sand.)

4

Lots of significant hills or stair climbing.

D

A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.

5

Many  steep  hills.

E

The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

 

Printable PDF Sheet

Examples

When determining elevation gain, if a route goes up for 50 feet and down for 50 feet and back up for another 75 feet, the cumulative gain would be 125 feet.

A route that is mostly on flat pavement would be rated 1A.

A beach walk would be rated 1C.

A route with moderate hills on well groomed trails would be rated 2B.