How Long Does It Take To Hike 5 Miles?

Top of the list of things to think about when you’re planning a hike is how long it’s going to take. If you’re out on the trail for longer than expected you can run out of food and water.

While that’s not very likely on a short hike, it’s still best to know the timings for your hike.

How long does a 5-mile hike take?

For the average hiker, a 5-mile hike on a good, flat path will take one hour and forty minutes. Some 5-mile hikes can take as much as 5 hours.

Naismith’s Rule

Most walkers and hikers will always refer to Naismith’s Rule when working out how long it will take to complete a five-mile hike.

Naismith’s Rule is a very rough and ready calculator and many people have tried and failed to refine it. The difficulty is that your hiking pace has so many variables.

Fitness Level

How fit you are will have a big impact on how fast you can hike and the amount of time it will take you to complete your five-mile hike.

Rough terrain will slow you down. Hopping over bogs, climbing through boulder fields, or wading through rivers can turn good trail conditions into a strenuous hike.

Trail Surface

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