Summit Lake Trail has a total elevation difference of 968 feet, and that is lower than average. This is a one trailhead great outdoors hiking trail, so you'll be backcountry trekking it in and back out. This vicinity does get very dry sometimes, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out. The backpacking and hiking trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your trek. This backcountry trek shouldn't take more than 5 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. Even though this is not a very long great outdoors hiking trail it's always splendid to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen. Being 5.6 miles long it's a mid length trek.