The total elevation difference for Crooked Lakes Trail is 350 feet, and that is lower than average. This is a hiking trail that is quite long, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. There is only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to backcountry hike it normally. 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 time needed for this trek is roughly 6.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. You spend the whole walk in roughly the same elevation zone which means the conditions are about the same from start to finish. With its 7.4 miles of walking distance it's an average length backpacking and hiking trail.