The total elevation difference for Swampy Lakes Trail is 177 feet, and that is lower than average. Even though this is not a very long great outdoors trail it's always tremendous to bring some emergency supplies, you never know what could happen. There is only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry backpacking it in and back out. Swampy Lakes Trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you get pretty much the same conditions along the whole great outdoors hiking trail. The time needed for this walk is roughly 3.5 hours, but you never know stuff could go wrong and you could get stuck so be prepared for that. With its 4 miles of walking distance it's an average length great outdoors hiking trail.