Hiking Statistics, Facts, and Analysis

Here are some hiking stats and facts I found from 17 different sources.

  • $5 billion is spent each year.
  • Average speed is 3 mph.
  • Falling is number one cause of death in wilderness.
  • 1 in 232k chance of bear attack.
  • 18k miles of trails in the U.S. National Parks

Have a look at this infographic for more info:


The odds of bear attack are very low at 1 in 2.1 million. There are other dangers.

Hiking is good exercise that burns 300 calories per hour or more.

You can train for better endurance.

You can bring your cell phone and dog.