The following trail rating system was adopted for use by the Canadian Volkssport Federation at the 2001 Annual General Meeting. It is applicable only to Canadian sanctioned walks.
Part 1 - Incline
Very little hill or stair climbing
Some moderate hill or stair climbing
Some significant hill or stair climbing
A good deal of significant hill or stair climbing
Many steep hills or high altitude trails
Part 2 – Terrain
Almost entirely on pavement, probably suitable for baby strollers.
A significant part of the walk takes place on well groomed trails with very little more difficult terrain.
A significant part of the walk takes place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths).
A significant part of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain.
The majority of the walk takes place on very difficult terrain.
As a test of your understanding of the
Trail Rating system, how would you rate the
walk depicted below?
These trail ratings were adopted by the CVF in 2001. All Volksmarches in Canada are rated according to these categories. The rating for an event would appear as a “2C” or a “1B” for example. This gives walkers a good indication of the inclination and terrain they will encounter on a walk.
Walks in the United States use a different rating system.