The grading is a combined assessment of the trails differences in height and the surface of the path. A trail is classed in accordance with the most difficult section. Värmlandsleder trails are graded in accordance with the following levels.
The trail goes on land that is generally flat or with gentle inclines only. Trail surface is even, without steps or rocky areas. The trail is at least one meter wide.
Good accessibility. All or parts of the walk are on nature trails. Gradients are not a problem for a person with normal fitness.
Limited accessibility due to steep sections and higher gradients that require good fitness.
Limited accessibility due to steep sections and higher gradients that require good fitness. Solid experience of outdoor pursuits is a requirement as the trail goes through remote areas. Walkers must be properly equipped and carry everything they need during the hike.
Logs are used as obstacles for cross-country vehicles
A few walking trails have been used by cross-country vehicles. This is illegal and the trails are damaged. To make the trails less accessible for cross-country vehicles, sometimes logs are placed across the path. This method is not used for the easy level.
In southern Europe and mountain areas, it is more usual to state distances in hours rather than kilometres. In Sweden, we are not used to stating walking distances in hours, so take any times given with a pinch of salt. The time estimates are by different people on different walks. They do not include time for refreshment breaks and rests.