1. Altitude: The height of a place or thing above sea level.
2. Bald: Mountain with an open, grassy summit, that is void of trees
3. Blowdown: Anything blown down on the trail by the wind.
6. Elevation Gain: The sum of every gain in elevation throughout an entire trip. For example if there is an elevation gain of 2000 ft. within a 2 mile span you know you will be huffin and puffin. If the gain is only 200ft in 2 miles, it will be a leisurely stroll.
7. Loop Trail: A trail system that forms a loop giving the users the option of not traveling the same section of trail more than once on a trip.
8. Old Growth Forest: Forests that have never been logged, or have not been logged in many decades characterized by a large percentage of mature trees.
9. Saddle: Ridge between 2 peaks.
10. Switchback: A sharp turn in a trail to reverse direction and to gain elevation.
11. Trailhead: An access point to a long distance trail often accompanied by various public facilities such as bathrooms, trail information etc.
12. Turnout: A place where the trail widens to permit trail traffic traveling in opposite directions to pass.
These are just a few of many hiking terms you can find here. These terms are ones that I have encountered in various trip reports and that I find useful in everyday hiking.
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