This wilderness trail has a total elevation difference of 1,390 feet which is about average. Machesna Trail is a one trailhead wilderness trail, so you'll be backcountry hiking it in and back out. You spend the whole walk in roughly the same elevation zone, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your walk. The time needed for this hike is roughly 3.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Being 4.2 miles long it's a mid length walk. This neighborhood 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. Machesna Trail is not that long but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens.