The hiking and backpacking trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you get pretty much the same conditions along the whole hiking and backpacking trail. At parts of the year this region sees very little rain, so donít forget to check for any current fire restrictions before you go. Being 7.4 miles long it's a mid length backcountry hike. Western Rim National Recreation Trail is quite long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. The total elevation difference for this backpacking and hiking trail is 1,434 feet, and that is about average. This trek shouldn't take more than 6.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. Western Rim National Recreation Trail is a one trailhead backpacking and hiking trail, so you're looking at an in and out backcountry hike.