Don't schedule anything important based on the hiking times I give! Since they are just how long it took me to do it, the only thing that you can be certain of is that your time will be different.|
The times given for hikes is the total time to do the whole hike; not just the time to do the outward bound portion of an out-and-back hike. The times given for segments is just the time to do the segment in one direction.
The main purpose of providing hiking times is not to tell you how long a hike will take, but rather to tell you how difficult a hike or trail segment is. If the trail segment is only 1.2 miles, but I say it takes an hour, then you know it is a rough and steep trail. Conversely, if I say that a 1.2 mile segment only takes a quarter of an hour, then you know it is pretty easy going.
I give hiking times in decimal hours. 0.3 is twenty minutes, 0.25 is 15 minutes, 0.1 is about 6 minutes. Hiking times do not include breaks.
The hiking times I give in this website are how long it took me to do it. I thought about trying to give times for an "average" hiker, but I realized that I had no way of figuring out how long a hike would take an "average" hiker, since I have no idea what an average hiker is. By using my own hiking times, at least there will be internal consistency, and the reader can pretty quickly figure out for themselves whether they hike faster or slower than me, and then adjust the times I give accordingly.