The Find Trails bar on Nevada Trail Finder allows users to filter trails by difficulty. Difficulty ratings vary by activity and can change because of weather events, season or natural processes. The following scale is used to rate trail systems when they are added to the site.
All categories assume recommended flow conditions for paddling. Some risk is always present when paddling, and difficulty can vary widely depending on conditions such as changing flow or weather, downed trees, or tides. Skill level for water trails is based on our current knowledge of the waterway and the guidelines below.
For more information on River Rapid Classifications and Safety, visit American Whitewater’s Safety Code page.
Little or no prior paddling experience is necessary; these trails are great for first-time paddlers and are beginner and family-friendly. Hazards are minimal and water is mostly flat with no or very minor obstacles, no skilled maneuvering is required.
Hazards are still minimal and water can be flat or slow-moving with very minor obstacles, no skilled maneuvering is required and only short portages (carrying the boat) when on the water. Paddlers may encounter Class I rapids (small ripples and waves).
Some prior paddling experience is suggested for a comfortable trip. There may be hazards or obstacles that require more skillful maneuvering, including Class I and II rapids (straightforward rapids with clear, wide channels), downed trees, winding watercourses (stretches of river with quick turns), and some eddies.
Prior experience is required to complete this trip. Hazards or obstacles (downed trees along winding watercourses, very swift water, and strong currents) will require more skillful maneuvering. There may be Class II or III rapids (moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to maneuver).
Advanced paddling experience/skills and a high degree of adventure are required to complete this trip. Hazards or obstacles will require very skilled maneuvering and are dangerous to non-expert paddlers, including stretches with Class III+ or higher rapids (intense, powerful, or extremely long rapids) or remote trips requiring navigation skills or backcountry emergency knowledge.
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