Smoke Howe Trail has a total elevation difference of 1,983 feet which is an average number. 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. With its 7.8 miles of walking distance it's an average length backpacking and hiking trail. Different parts of Smoke Howe Trail are at very different elevations, and that means that some parts of the backpacking and hiking trail could be very different from other parts of it. Now this hiking trail is pretty long, so don't forget to pack enough supplies. The time needed for this walk is roughly 7 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. There is only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to backcountry hike it normally.