Horsethief Trail has a total elevation difference of 1,304 feet which is about average. Horsethief Trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your backcountry trek. With its 2.6 miles of walking distance it's a shorter type backcountry trek. You should count on this hike taking about 2.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. At parts of the year this vicinity 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. Horsethief Trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be hiking it in and back out. Even though this is not a very long great outdoors trail it's always good to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen.