This is a one trailhead backpacking and hiking trail, so you'll be hiking it in and back out. The total elevation difference for Zigzag Trail is 521 feet which is a lower than average number. This wilderness hiking trail is not that long but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. You should count on this trek taking about 1 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Zigzag Trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time which means the conditions are about the same from start to finish. Sometimes this wilderness hiking trail gets really dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Being 1 miles long it's a shorter type backcountry trek.