Hiking in a mountainous terrain is a highly aerobic form of exercise. The constant change in incline constantly challenges your muscles and elevates your heart rate. Calories burned are based on weight, incline and intensity.
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Weight is one of the factors that determines calories burned when hiking a mountain. On average, a 200-lb. person will burn 540 calories in one hour of hiking; a 150-lb. person will 405 calories in the same time, says HealthStatus.
Inclined terrain will burn more calories than flat surfaces. Incorporating incline intervals into your hike will increase difficulty and create a larger calorie burn. Incline hiking can also be duplicated on a treadmill when the weather limits your outside activities.
A fast pace will increase intensity and cause a larger calorie burn. A 200-lb. person can expect to burn around 637 calories hiking quickly in the mountains while only burning 455 calories cross-country, says CalorieLab.