The total elevation difference for Mud Lake Trail is 1,637 feet, and that is about average. This wilderness hiking trail has only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry trekking it in and back out. Of course, this is an overnight walk, 3 days normally, so it's a wonderful thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job. Now this wilderness hiking trail is pretty long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. Different parts of Mud Lake Trail are at very different elevations, and that means that some parts of the wilderness hiking trail could be very different from other parts of it. Being 19 miles long; it's considered a longer hike. At parts of the year this region sees very little rain, so do check for current fire restrictions before you go if you plan to bring a stove or make a camp fire.