This great outdoors hiking trail has only one trailhead, so you're looking at an in and out hike. You should count on this backcountry hike taking about 5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. With its 5.4 miles of walking distance it's a mid length trek. The total elevation difference for Empire Drive Trail is 856 feet, and that is lower than average. You spend the whole trek in roughly the same elevation zone, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your trek. Empire Drive Trail is not that long but it's always great to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen. At parts of the year this neighborhood sees very little rain, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire.