This backcountry trail sometimes gets very dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. Pen Way Trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your walk. The total elevation difference for this backcountry trail is 1,030 feet, and that is about average. With its 2.4 miles of walking distance it's shorter than many great outdoors hiking trails. This backcountry hike shouldn't take more than 2 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Pen Way Trail is a one trailhead backcountry trail, so in and out is the way to walk it normally. Pen Way Trail is not that long but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens.