This is a one trailhead backpacking trail, so you'll be backcountry backpacking it in and back out. This backpacking trail has a total elevation difference of 2,634 feet, and that is higher than average. Different parts of Escondido Trail are at very different elevations, and that means that some parts of the great outdoors hiking trail could be very different from other parts of it. Now this backcountry trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. The time needed for this backcountry trek is roughly 7 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. Escondido Trail is 8 miles long it's an average length great outdoors hiking trail.