This backpacking trail has a total elevation difference of 1,608 feet, and that is about average. Cougar Way is 8.2 miles long it's a mid length trek. Now this great outdoors hiking trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. This backpacking trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry hiking it in and back out. The time needed for this hike is roughly 7.5 hours, but of course some folks walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. Cougar Way goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations.