The total elevation difference for Del Shay Trail is 2,132 feet which is about average. Being 9.4 miles long; it's longer than many great outdoors trails. Sometimes this hiking and backpacking trail gets really dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Del Shay Trail is quite long, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Some parts of Del Shay Trail are much higher up than other parts of the great outdoors trail, and that means that some parts of the great outdoors trail could be very different from other parts of it. This backcountry trek shouldn't take more than 8.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Del Shay Trail is a one trailhead hiking trail, so you're looking at an in and out backcountry walk.