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How Long Does it Take to Hike 5 Miles?

• RV Lifestyle

Part of the reason that Jennifer and I love to RV is to be able to hike in beautiful, new areas. 

Perhaps you are new to hiking. Or, have just never ventured further than a couple of miles.

Whatever the case may be, we're going to fill you in on the following:

-How long does a 5 mile hike take?

-Factors that affect hiking time

-How to calculate the amount of time a hike will take

-What to pack on your hike

How Long Does it Take to Hike 5 Miles?

It's Springtime. Hikers are starting out on thousand-mile treks from the Appalachian Trail in the east to the Pacific Crest Trail in the west. That also means that it's the perfect time of year for a day hike. 

5 Mile Hike

For the average hiker, a 5 mile hike should take about one and a half to three hours. However, there are several variables that can affect that time. 

have outlined the most common factors that will affect your 5 mile hike time.

What's Your Fitness Level?

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The first thing to consider when hiking is your fitness level and physical condition. Beginning hikers will take longer than experienced hikers.

A 5 mile hike is considered moderately strenuous. Depending on location and elevation gain, it may be challenging for a first time hiker.

So, a good starting point for the average person might be 2 miles instead of 5. But with a little physical preparation, you can work your way up to 5 miles quickly.

Experienced hikers, or "trail runners" often enjoy timing their hikes and then setting goals to beat their time on future hikes. 

Trail Conditions

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Every hiking trail has different terrain and is in different conditions.

Some have level ground while others have hilly terrain. Some are rocky while others are sandy. Some are more wild, while others are maintained.

So, with rough terrain or poor conditions, even short distance trails can be strenuous hikes.

If this is your first visit to a new hiking area, try and check it out before you go. See what others have experienced on the same trail. 

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