The total elevation difference for Mink Lake Loop Trail is 1,087 feet which is about average. There's not much difference in elevation along Mink Lake Loop Trail, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your walk. Being 17 miles long; it's considered a longer walk. Sometimes this backpacking trail gets really dry, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire. This hike should take you about 2.5 days, so it's a good thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job. Keep in mind that this is a long backpacking trail, so make sure you bring plenty of supplies. There is only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry trekking it in and back out.