right foot, left foot, one step at a time. Continue as necessary
Hiking to me is walking, maybe with a daypack. As opposed to backpacking, which is hiking while carrying your home, bed, kitchen, and grocery store along with you.
I love this question @Hogback! It's one I have asked myself, but I've never had to guts to ask a crowd!
I recently heard someone say that hiking is when there's a chance you fall down. There are of course plenty of instances when this definition doesn't fit, but I liked the idea.
As a climber, there have also been times when I thought of hikes as approaches without a climb at the end. Loops throw this one out the window... but I guess there's no easy answer.
Excited to see what other folks thoughts are. Such a neat kind of question!
Yes, indeed, hiking is just walking. Depending upon your purpose and destination, you may have various gadgets along with you, weight varying from 5 to 80 pounds.
It really is that simple.
Its an opportunity to spend a bit of time in nature and reflect on how beautiful that really is. As a side note, you meet the best kinda people on the trail 🙂
In my view, walking is done on a paved, or semi-paved surface, typically in a more populous area, and frequently on rather flat terrain. Think sidewalks, tracks, urban trails and rail trails. Walking usually doesn't take any significant preparation or supplies.
Hiking, on the other hand, is done on a narrow dirt or grassy trail, in more remote areas, close to nature, and with the opportunity for uneven ground, rocky ascents, stream crossings, mud and spectacular views. Hiking entails more preparation and the carrying of some supplies (water and snacks at a bare minimum; the 10 Essentials for more remote areas). Hikes are also usually longer in duration than a walk.
Both hiking and walking required moving a foot in front of the other at your preferred speed. However a walk became a hike when your walking past the one or two miles mark on an elevated and strenuous path