Hiking is generally the act of walking for extended periods of time for the enjoyment of a natural setting.Extend this overnight and it becomes backpacking. Hiking is an activity growing in popularity around the world, though it tends to see the greatest popularity in places closer to mountains or topography as this tends to create more interesting scenery with better viewpoints.
When referred to as an activity it is most commonly as a day trip that requires little planning and organization. It’s basically just walking on trails. It can involve taking a trail to the top of a mountain.
However, one can hike for many days. This normally is referred to backpacking as an activity rather than. The routes can vary from simple flat trails, to steep slopes. Generally day hikes don’t hold the same prestige as backpacking.