This backpacking and hiking trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry backpacking it in and back out. Dry Ridge Trail has a total elevation difference of 3,204 feet which is a higher than average number. This backcountry hike shouldn't take more than 7.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Now this hiking trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. 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. Some parts of this great outdoors hiking trail are much higher up than other parts of the great outdoors hiking trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. Being 8.6 miles long it's an average length great outdoors hiking trail.