The total elevation difference for Deacon Lee Trail is 620 feet which is a lower than average number. There is only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to backcountry trek it normally. This hiking trail sometimes gets very dry, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. Keep in mind that this is a long hiking trail, so don't forget to pack enough supplies. Being 7.2 miles long it's an average length hiking trail. You should count on this backcountry trek taking about 6.5 hours, but of course some folks walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. The hiking trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time which means the conditions are about the same from start to finish.