There is only one trailhead, so you'll be hiking it in and back out. This area does get very dry sometimes, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. This backcountry hike shouldn't take more than 7.5 hours, but of course some folks walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. Keep in mind that this is a long hiking trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Being 8.6 miles long it's a mid length backcountry trek. Pine Creek Trail goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. The total elevation difference for Pine Creek Trail is 2,881 feet which is a higher than average number.