There is only one trailhead, so you'll be backcountry hiking it in and back out. The total elevation difference for Lake Michael Trail is 2,568 feet which is higher than average. Lake Michael Trail is 20 miles long; it's longer than many great outdoors trails. Some parts of Lake Michael Trail are much higher up than other parts of the great outdoors trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. Now, this is roughly a 3-day backcountry trek, so better have big a backpack to fit all the stuff you need. This is a backcountry trail that is quite long, so don't forget to pack enough supplies.