AVA Trail Rating System

Effective January 1, 2012

The event brochure and the AVA web listing must identify a trail/route rating for all events. AVA acknowledges the system is somewhat objective however,it does give the walker an idea of what to expect along the trail. The rating is in two parts. Part one (1-5) describes the incline/elevation and the second part (A-E) describes the type of terrain along the trail.

1 Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Probably suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 500 feet.  A Almost entirely on pavement. Probably suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. 
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.  B 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. 
3 Some significant hill or stair climbing. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Elevation gain from Starting Point: 1500 – 2500 feet. C A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand). Not suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. 
4 Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Elevation gain from Starting Point: 2500 – 3500 feet.  D  A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain. 
5  Many steep hills. Elevation gain from Starting Point: more than – 3500 feet.  E  The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain. 
Examples:
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.