The total elevation difference for Indian Tom Trail is 2,258 feet which is an average number. This is a one trailhead great outdoors trail, so in and out is the way to hike it normally. At parts of the year this region 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. This backpacking and hiking trail is not that long but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. Indian Tom Trail is 5.4 miles long it's a mid length backcountry walk. Indian Tom Trail goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. You should count on this trek taking about 4.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that.