Some parts of this backcountry trail are much higher up than other parts of the backcountry trail, and that means that some parts of the backcountry trail could be very different from other parts of it. Keep in mind that this is a long hiking and backpacking trail, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. With its 6.6 miles of walking distance it's an average length backcountry trail. Horseshoe Ridge Trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry hiking it in and back out. The total elevation difference for Horseshoe Ridge Trail is 2,174 feet, and that is about average. The time needed for this backcountry walk is roughly 5.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster.