What is a normal hiking pace?

person hiking above mountain overlooking river

How fast you hike depends on a few things, including your fitness level, the terrain, and how heavy your backpack is. Generally speaking, most people hike at a pace of 2-3 miles per hour. But if you’re new to hiking, you might want to start off slower, at a pace of 1-2 miles per hour. And if you’re really fit, you might be able to hike 4 or 5 miles per hour on flat terrain. But remember, it’s not about speed – it’s about enjoying the journey!

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