Contrasting backpacking, day and urban hiking comes down to where and for how long. Overnights or not. Wilderness or town.


Multi-day hikes with at least 1 overnight in the wilderness.

Day hikes

Leave and come home the same day in the wilderness. Carbon karma guideline: for every 1 hour in car, 3 hours hiking.

Urban hikes

Walking out the front door for an urban hike and returning 4-6 hours later. Hike typically over bike / walking paths and sidewalks.

Urban park hikes

Drive less than 20 minutes 1 way to open spaces and urban wilderness-like parks. Hike 10+miles over well-maintained trails. Ideal for shoulder season and conditioning hikes.