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McKinstry Trail, California

   
The total elevation difference for McKinstry Trail is 2,734 feet which is higher than average. This is a two-ended backcountry hiking trail with two trailheads, so backpacking it one way is an option if you can arrange for a ride back. Keep in mind that this is a long wilderness trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Being 16 miles long; it's considered a longer backcountry trek. Sometimes this wilderness trail gets really dry, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. Some parts of McKinstry Trail are much higher up than other parts of the wilderness hiking trail which of course means you need to be prepared for different conditions on different parts of the wilderness hiking trail. Of course, this is an overnight trek, 2.5 days normally, so make sure you've got all your overnight gear packed.


Trailhead 1 to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 8 miles
Total climbing distance = 2.1 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 6.5 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 3.5 hours

Trailhead 2 to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 8 miles
Total climbing distance = 4.6 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 8 hours
Fast Hiking Pace: 4.5 hours
    Trailhead 1 back to Trailhead 1:
Total hiking length = 16 miles
Total climbing distance = 6.7 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 2.5 days
Fast Hiking Pace: 9 hours

Trailhead 2 back to Trailhead 2:
Total hiking length = 16 miles
Total climbing distance = 6.7 miles
Difficulty : Difficult
Casual Hiking Pace: 2.5 days
Fast Hiking Pace: 9 hours

Total elevation difference: 2734 feet
   
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