Lakeside Trail has a total elevation difference of 2,351 feet which is about average. Lakeside Trail has only one trailhead, so in and out is the way to walk it normally. This is a long wilderness trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. Different parts of this backcountry trail are at very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. This trek should take you about 2.5 days, so make sure you've got all your overnight gear packed. This wilderness trail sometimes gets very dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. With its 16 miles of walking distance; it's considered a longer walk.