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Welcome to the ultimate Hiking Quiz!

Are you prepared to test your knowledge of the great outdoors and show that you’re a true hiking enthusiast?

We’ve crafted challenging questions that will put your hiking expertise to the test.

Simply count your correct answers and check out our result table to see how well you fared.

So, strap on your backpack, lace up your hiking boots, and let’s find out if you can conquer the summit with your hiking trivia prowess!

Table of Contents

1. What is the longest hiking-only trail in the world?

  • A) Appalachian Trail
  • B) Pacific Crest Trail
  • C) Great Himalaya Trail

2. What is the commonly used term for the unevenness of a hiking trail?

  • A) Grade
  • B) Elevation Gain
  • C) Tread

3. What is the term for a long-distance hiking trail that ends at the same place it begins?

  • A) Circuit Trail
  • B) Out-and-Back Trail
  • C) Dead End Trail

4. What is the main purpose of trekking poles?

  • A) Provide balance
  • B) Keep wildlife away
  • C) Measure distance

5. In which mountain range can you find Mount Everest?

  • A) The Alps
  • B) The Andes
  • C) The Himalayas

6. What’s the recommended procedure if you encounter a bear while hiking?

  • A) Climb a tree
  • B) Play dead
  • C) Make yourself appear bigger

7. Which hiking trail’s nickname is “The King of Trails”?

  • A) Appalachian Trail
  • B) Continental Divide Trail
  • C) Pacific Crest Trail

8. What is the main purpose of gaiters in hiking?

  • A) Provide ankle support
  • B) Protect shins and keep debris out of shoes
  • C) Keep feet dry

9. What is a “thru-hike”?

  • A) Hiking the entire length of a trail in one go
  • B) Hiking a trail multiple times
  • C) Hiking only half of a trail

10. What is the most popular hiking trail in the United States?

  • A) Appalachian Trail
  • B) Bright Angel Trail
  • C) Pacific Crest Trail

11. The Ten Essentials is a list for hikers to ensure they have necessary supplies. What does it include?

  • A) Food, water, shelter, first-aid kit, map, compass, fire starter, knife, flashlight, and extra clothes
  • B) Map, compass, food, water, tent, knife, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and money
  • C) Backpack, water bottle, trekking poles, boots, snacks, binoculars, camera, hat, sunglasses, and gloves

12. Hiking on a marked trail is called what?

  • A) Bushwhacking
  • B) Trailblazing
  • C) Follow the Footpath

13. Which hiking trail crosses through the highest points of 14 states in the United States?

  • A) Grand Enchantment Trail
  • B) Pacific Crest Trail
  • C) Appalachian Trail

14. What is the highest mountain that can be hiked without technical climbing equipment?

  • A) Mount Kilimanjaro
  • B) Mount Aconcagua
  • C) Mount Elbrus

15. Which famous hiker authored the book, β€œA Walk in the Woods”, about his journey on the Appalachian Trail?

  • A) Edward Abbey
  • B) Bill Bryson
  • C) John Muir

16. In which U.S. National Park can you find the hiking trail known as “Half Dome”?

  • A) Yosemite National Park
  • B) Grand Teton National Park
  • C) Zion National Park

17. Hiking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail usually takes how many months to complete?

  • A) 3-4 months
  • B) 5-6 months
  • C) 7-8 months

18. Which of the following is NOT a type of hiking terrain?

  • A) Scree
  • B) Talus
  • C) Screnus

19. What is the ideal pace for most hikers to maintain energy and avoid injury?

  • A) 2-3 miles per hour (mph)
  • B) 4-5 miles per hour (mph)
  • C) 6-7 miles per hour (mph)

20. What is the popular acronym used to describe the seven principles of outdoor ethics for hikers and campers?


21. In which country can you hike the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

  • A) Bolivia
  • B) Peru
  • C) Ecuador

22. What is the name of the large backpack typically used for multi-day hiking trips?

  • A) Rucksack
  • B) Fanny Pack
  • C) Daypack

23. Which of the following hikers is best known for their adventures in the American West and is often called the “Father of the National Parks”?

  • A) John Muir
  • B) Edward Abbey
  • C) Aldo Leopold

24. What is the recommended amount of water a hiker should consume per day?

  • A) 2 liters
  • B) 3 liters
  • C) 4 liters

25. What is the term for a shelter created from natural materials such as branches, leaves, and snow?

  • A) Debris hut
  • B) A-frame
  • C) Igloo

26. What is the primary function of a hiking boot’s midsole?

  • A) Support and cushioning
  • B) Waterproofing and insulation
  • C) Traction and durability

27. Which of the following trails is considered to be a part of the “Triple Crown” of long-distance hiking in the United States?

  • A) Ice Age Trail
  • B) Arizona Trail
  • C) Continental Divide Trail

28. What type of map shows detailed information about elevation, landforms, and other natural features?

  • A) Political map
  • B) Road map
  • C) Topographic map

29. What is the primary purpose of a rain cover for a hiking backpack?

  • A) Provide additional storage space
  • B) Protect gear from rain and moisture
  • C) Maintain a comfortable back temperature

30. Which of these knots is commonly used by hikers and campers to tie a rope to a fixed object, such as a tree or a post?

  • A) Bowline knot
  • B) Square knot
  • C) Half hitch

31. Which international long-distance hiking trail passes through the Alps and spans eight countries?

  • A) GR20
  • B) Via Alpina
  • C) Camino de Santiago

32. The Five Most Visited Hiking Sites in North America include which of these popular sites?

  • A) Uluru, Australia
  • B) Chilkoot Gold Rush Trail, Canada
  • C) Snowdon, Wales

33. What is the hiking term for a slow, measured pace that allows hikers to conserve their energy during a long hike?

  • A) Endurance Pace
  • B) Ranger Roll
  • C) Rest Step


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Stefanie is a hiking and camping enthusiast who spends most of her travels experiencing the outdoors. She is the founder of Open Road Odysseys, a road trip travel blog for budget and outdoor adventurers.

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