East Crater Trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be hiking it in and back out. The total elevation difference for this hiking and backpacking trail is 1,609 feet which is about average. Being 11.2 miles long; it's considered a longer backcountry trek. Different parts of this great outdoors hiking trail are at very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. Of course, this is an overnight backcountry trek, 1.5 days normally, so better have big a backpack to fit all the stuff you need. Keep in mind that this is a long wilderness trail, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip.