There is only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry backpacking it in and back out. July Ridge Trail is not that long but it's always good to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen. July Ridge Trail is 5.4 miles long it's an average length backpacking and hiking trail. You should count on this trek taking about 4.5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. This region does get very dry sometimes, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. The total elevation difference for this backpacking trail is 2,063 feet which is about average. Some parts of July Ridge Trail are much higher up than other parts of the backpacking and hiking trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations.