This backcountry hiking trail has a total elevation difference of 1,073 feet, and that is about average. There is only one trailhead, so you're looking at an in and out hike. Sometimes this wilderness hiking trail gets really dry, so donít forget to check for any current fire restrictions before you go. The wilderness trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you wonít have to worry about different climate zones along your walk. Gold Hill Trail is not that long but it's always fine to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen. You should count on this backcountry hike taking about 3.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. With its 4.2 miles of walking distance it's a mid length walk.