jhodlof wrote:coldfoot wrote:The hikearizona.com ratings seem to be mostly difficulty based on strenuousness of hike (length, elevation etc.) and aren't indicative of technical nature. Some hikes I know that are rated 4 or 5 in "difficulty" are long and hard, but Class 1 all the way on paths easy to follow.
Isn't that what I said, but you got one thing wrong, if it is "rated" a number, that is hiker consensus, where as the difficulty is listed as such by the author.
Yes, I just wanted to add the direct comment that a 4 or 5 difficulty can be Class 1, since that's the grade the OP asked about.
I said "rated 4 or 5 in difficulty", I wasn't discussing the hiker consensus quality rating.
I know hikearizona.com has sub-categories by area and so on, but I still think it is too complex and detailed for someone on their first visit to Arizona, who hasn't expressed a desire for a specific type of trip and would probably be well served by hitting a few classic outings.