There is only one trailhead, so you're looking at an in and out backcountry walk. The total elevation difference for this hiking and backpacking trail is 2,355 feet, and that is about average. Being 10.2 miles long; it's a long great outdoors hiking trail. This area does get very dry sometimes, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. Now this hiking trail is pretty long, so don't forget to pack enough supplies. This backcountry trek shouldn't take more than 9 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Some parts of Shake Tree Trail are much higher up than other parts of the great outdoors hiking trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations.