Sometimes this 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. Gold Canyon Trail is not that long but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. This hiking trail has a total elevation difference of 1,151 feet which is about average. With its 3 miles of walking distance it's a shorter type backcountry hike. There is only one trailhead, so you're looking at an in and out walk. You should count on this backcountry hike taking about 2.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. There's not much difference in elevation along Gold Canyon Trail, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your backcountry hike.