Hiking combines a reward physical activity with majestic views, nature, and wildlife.

Hiking trails range from less than 1 mile to those more than 100 miles. A visit to national forests, state parks, or suburban wooded parks is certain to provide a choice of trails to match the experience and fitness levels. The ability to burn calories on a 3 mile hike varies in relation to the terrain, speed, intensity, and pack weight.

How Many Calories Burned Hiking

Here are four factors to influence the calories burned on a 3 mile hike:

Hiker’s weight

The hiker’s weight is certain to have an impact on the calories lost on a 3 mile hiking session. For the hikers with higher body weight it is necessary to work harder to complete the hiking course.

The need to work harder means more calories are lost per 60 minutes. For instance, a hiker weighing in the region of 185 pounds is likely to drop 615 calories per 60 minute hike, while this will increase to 750 calories for the 225 pound hiker.

Backpack weight

Most of the hiking trails restricted to 3 miles or shorter aren’t likely to demand a lot of supplies to complete with safety. Water is likely to be the heaviest supply to pack, although on certain elevated or difficult trails it might be necessary to pack special hiking or climbing equipment.

A heavy load on the back is certain to mean more calories are burned while on the hiking trail. A combination of rugged terrain and heavy pack gives the perfect opportunity to burn plenty of calories on the trails.

For instance, a pack loaded with essential supplies at 42 pounds can help to increase the calorie burn to 650 for a female hiker or 765 for a male hike. This is assuming the trail condition is rugged and elevated.


Hiking a 3 mile trail (there and back) is a relatively short hiking distance, although the time-frame to finish can differ from 30-120 minutes. The completion time will of course differ based on the average walking speed.

Average speed is influenced by several factors, including the terrain and fitness levels. For instance a generally flat trail is easier and makes it possible to hike at an average speed of 4 miles per hour, while an uphill hike is more difficult and might cut the average speed to approx 1 mile per hour. By increasing the hiking speed and intensity, it is possible to up the calories burned while out on the hiking trails.

For instance, the hiker at a walking speed of 2 miles per hour and weighing 165 pounds has the potential to lose 185 calories per 60 minutes, while a faster walking speed of 3.5 miles per hour will up the calorie loss to 275 per 60 minutes.


A flat or uphill terrain has a significant impact on the ability to burn calories while on the hiking trail.

A rugged trail with noticeable elevation gain is certain to be the most desirable option for those wishing to increase the calorie burn.

For instance, a moderate elevation gain for the hiker weighing 185 pounds has the potential to burn approx 625 calories per 60 minutes, while this will increase to about 750 calories for the hiker navigating the steep uphill terrain.