ava trail ratings

Each event description lists a Trail Rating which gives you an idea of what to expect from the trail incline and terrain.

All AVA sanctioned volksmarching events have a trail difficulty rating assigned to them. The rating is a numeric value on a scale of 1 through 5, with 5 being the most difficult. The numeric value is combined with an alphabetic value of A through E, with the E value being the most difficult. This rating system is replacing the old numeric (+/-) system.

Examples follow below.

Also, be aware that weather conditions will cause a variance in the trail rating.
PART 1 – Incline
  1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Probably suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Elevation gain from Starting Point: Up to 500 feet

  2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing.Probably suitable for strollers. May not be suitable for wheelchairs. Elevation gain from Starting Point: 500-1500 feet

  3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Elevation gain from Starting Point:1500-2500 feet

  4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Elevation Gain from Starting Point: 2500-3500 feet

  5. Many steep hills. Elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet
PART 2 – Terrain
  • Almost entirely on pavement. Probably suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

  • A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles. Probably suitable for strollers but may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

  • A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths or soft sand). Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs.

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

  • The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.
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.