The total elevation difference for this hiking and backpacking trail is 1,563 feet, and that is about average. Swamp Lake Trail is quite long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. This hike shouldn't take more than 6 hours, but of course some people walk a bit slower and some a bit faster. Being 7.2 miles long it's a mid length backcountry walk. This hiking and backpacking trail goes through some very different elevations, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. Swamp Lake Trail is a one trailhead hiking and backpacking trail, so in and out is the way to backcountry hike it normally.