This backpacking trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be backpacking it in and back out. You should count on this backcountry hike taking about 3.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. With its 4.2 miles of walking distance it's a mid length hike. The total elevation difference for this backpacking trail is 686 feet which is a lower than average number. This is not a very long hiking and backpacking trail but you should still bring some emergency supplies just in case something happens. There's not much difference in elevation along McAllister Trail, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your hike.