This is a one trailhead trail, so you'll be backcountry backpacking it in and back out. With its 13 miles of walking distance; it's longer than many wilderness hiking trails. This backcountry walk should take you about 2 days, so it's an outstanding thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job. Now this backpacking and hiking trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. Cougar Creek Trail has a total elevation difference of 2,106 feet which is about average. This backpacking and hiking trail sometimes gets very dry, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. This wilderness hiking trail goes through some very different elevations, and that means that some parts of the wilderness hiking trail could be very different from other parts of it.