The total elevation difference for this hiking and backpacking trail is 816 feet, and that is lower than average. There is only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to backcountry trek it normally. This area does get very dry sometimes, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. The time needed for this hike is roughly 5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. This is not a very long backpacking trail but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. There's not much difference in elevation along Long Valley Trail, so you get pretty much the same conditions along the whole backcountry hiking trail. With its 5.6 miles of walking distance it's an average length backcountry hiking trail.