North Peak Trail has a total elevation difference of 2,380 feet which is an average number. You should count on this trek taking about 7.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. At parts of the year this area sees very little rain, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Being 8.2 miles long it's a mid length backcountry trek. This is a one trailhead backcountry trail, so in and out is the way to backcountry walk it normally. Now this trail is pretty long, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. North Peak Trail goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations.