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Attempted to make it to Upper Lena this past Saturday (1/19/2019) but had to turn back due to snow up to my waist (I’m 5’10”) and a snowstorm. Two really big blow downs soon after starting the trail to Upper Lena. Still a great hike and looking forward to eventually making it to Upper Lena.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Went hiking here today and enjoyed some amazing snowy views!! However, it is icy and snowy about 45 minutes from the lake. But 100% doable with hiking shoes just be careful. Also noticed a small avalanche across the way from the lake on the peak. Nothing but always better safe than sorry!

Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

snowshoeing
snow
2 days ago

We did the hike today and loved it. It was our first snowshoeing experience. Although people had their regular hiking shoes on, I think it is best to wear snowshoes. It was an easy hike even for beginners such as us. However, we couldn’t reach the lake because it got super steep after we completed 2/3 of the hike. It got crowded after 1pm or so. I will definitely come again for dry season.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

Tons of snow, avalanches risk only for advanced hikers.

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked this last Sunday. This isn’t usually one of my favorite hikes but it is very pretty with the snow. It’s a little slippery at the top but very doable. Definitely go all the way around the lake, if you stop right away you miss a lot of the beauty in my opinion.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

Great hike. Gets pretty busy after 10am. Slippery up at the lake but well worth the hike!

awesome trail need micro spikes and poles

hiking
5 days ago

Gorgeous

hiking
6 days ago

Trail is well maintained at this time. Some trees have fallen over the trail and will need to be removed, but isn’t impeding movement along the trail or hazardous. Trail is steep going up and of course, going down. Bring walking polls. Weather today was raining with evidence of snow below the tree line on the west side of the mountain face 3 miles up. Traction devices are recommended. Once you clear the tree line and cross the Talus field, you will need traction devices due to the exposure on the south face and due to the icy conditions. Expect windy and icy conditions over the next few days as the low pressure system passes through. The mailbox is full at this time. Be sure to drop something off into the mailbox prior to your departure. Sunset during month of January is around 5 pm. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

I hike this trail twice as a kid with girl scout camp. So beautiful! Time to go again

Beautiful and fun hike! the hardest part for me was closer to the top where all the rocks and boulders were but other than that definitely doable and so worth it. its a popular hike so definitely prepare for that and be sure to have a parking pass or get one at the station just a few miles before the hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail, arrived at 9:45 am on a Saturday and would recommend going a bit earlier. The hike itself gave a great view of the forests and the cascades at some point. Waterproof shoes are a must, the trail became a creek at times. Lots of cute dogs, saw a small avalanche on the far side of the lake (didn’t interfere with the trail.) I recommend a down layer if you’re planning on sitting near the lake at all, the sun doesn’t get into the valley at all due to it rising and setting so far south.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike! Not much to see on the way up but the lake is stunning. Pretty easy if you’re in some sort of shape. Ice and snow when you’re pretty much to the top. Definitely doable without spikes and poles but HIGHLY RECOMMEND waterproof shoes and layers for up tops. The sun didn’t breach the ridge line so the whole lake was shaded the entire day. We got to trailhead at 9:15 and there weren’t too many people but trail was definitely crowded on our way back down. Would not recommend going on ice.

It's one of my favorite training Runs

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful day with our friends on this winter hike. We definitely needed our Yak Tracks for the snow at the top! Gortex boots made the stream crossing simple.

on Snow Lake Trail

hiking
10 days ago

I hiked on Friday. This was my first time doing a snow hiking so it’s little bit difficult for me. Just made 2/3 of the trail because the snow was deeper in the last 1/3 and the trail was so narrow. I def. hike again with a better preparation to complete the trail. The scenery was very beautiful tho.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked as far as we could today- a recent avvy slide completely demolished the rest of the trail right before reaching the lake. Multiple hikers that got there before us said they tried going around it right, then left, and ultimately couldn’t make it to the lake. Some of them had GPS and still didn’t make it to the lake.
Otherwise a beautiful hike! There was a decent amount of snow, although we didn’t need snowshoes. We just had microspikes and we were absolutely fine. The snow on the trail was decently padded down when we went and it was warm enough that there was no ice- the microspikes just gave us good grip on compact snow.
Didn’t see any extreme signs of imminent avvy danger, besides the recent slide that ended up stopping our hike early. There is water running through the trail area and one stream was noticeably running underneath a small snowfield, but it wasn’t too steep of a grade and didn’t concern me.

11 days ago

This is one of those hikes I could do and never get tired of. I only do this one in the winter for the scenery.

Attempted upper lena today. The snow line started around the first creek crossing and we were postholing for a while and decided to turn around.

backpacking
11 days ago

Best experience of my life. Was my first overnight hike and was worth it. I recommend being somewhat experienced. We had a group of 5 people and 1 dog, and went around August 6th-7th of 2018. This is a pretty hard hike, but very very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone. You will not regret it, Absolutely beautiful, and literally will have your breath taken away from you every single step. I also would say to pack the extra weight and pitch a tent at the top. One of the best parts was watching the stars at night, absolutely stunning. This hike can provide you to get so close with the people you go up with. Theres a big bonus If your into fishing! There is an unlimited amount of cutthroat trout up there and is extremely cool to watch them hit your lure in the crystal clear water. The hike will make you super hot, but the best feeling is jumping in the glacier water while taking a break. I recommend everyone to take the trek up to robin lake after getting to tuk lake, even if it is difficult and confusing. I also recommend going in the summer time so you can have great weather with out getting cold, and having amazing, clear, and beautiful days out there. Once we got to the top of robin lake we even got enough service of AT&T to FaceTime our parents to share the view! Amazing views of Mt Daniel and Cathedral Rock are available throughout the whole hike, as long as it’s clear. Along the lower parts of the trail, there is an abundance of blueberries that you can snack on on the way up. 11/10 experience and literally would die to go up there again. Be safe up there everyone

hiking
12 days ago

Went up today! Beautiful hike. With snow plows, needed to jump up to trail head. Hiked with spikes for 1.75 miles then lost trail. You could see the divots but didn’t bring snowshoes so decided to turn back. Saw a few hikers, snowshoers & cross country skiers. Maybe they good blaze the trail. A few slides in open fields. Fun streams to cross

hiking
15 days ago

Cel

Went up to the lake it was amazing. Went on Monday 01/07/19. Need water proof shoe's for sure and layers of cloth's to keep warm very cold at lake but well worth the trip.

hiking
16 days ago

Took us 2 hours up, 1.5hr down. The whole trail has snow on it, but the first half of the trail was packed down snow. We had spikes on the whole time, but snow shoes would be good for the last half of the trail since we started blazing the trail. There was only one area that was a difficult to get up. Definitely need poles! There was one other group in front of us making a trail since you can't see it eventually. Once we started hiking down we saw a lot more groups hiking up.

Great trail. I love this area so much. Road is BAD we parked 2 miles away from the trailhead so we hiked an extra 4 miles. Do NOT take trail to the left on the rock while it’s snowy- we were postholing in about 6-8” of harder packed snow but still fell through. TONS of animal prints everywhere. Very windy. The trail to the right of the rock is your best bet- SO much easier.

Very steep and challenging hike. The first three quarters of the hike is a fairly steady incline and a number of switchbacks. The last quarter of the trail is incredibly steep and covered with snow and ice. Definitely make sure to bring micro spikes and poles. It’s demanding but the view at the summit is well worth the effort.

Trail was a bit hard to follow at first given the number of tracks going all over the place, but I just followed the map for the first bit and it became clearer as I got higher. Not too strenuous, but spectacular views from the top, even on a cloudy day.

This hike offer all scenery from forest to flower fields to mountains. Absolutely stunning! One of my favorites!

hiking
19 days ago

The hike wasn’t too bad for someone who isn’t very athletic like myself. It was just very long so prepare for that! My boyfriend and I went out today for my birthday and we wore many layers but ended up getting drenched in rain water, river water (you have to cross many, some can get up to mid calf in depth) and ended up turning around before we actually reached Goat Lake because we were worried we wouldn’t make it back before sundown. We hiked Lower Elliot on the way to the lake and Upper Elliot on the way back.. which we recommend because taking Upper Elliot back allows you to descend most of the time. Our advice: wear rain boots in the rainy seasons, dress in layers, maybe bring food because of how long the hike is (took us 4+ hours and remember we didn’t even make it to the lake), and start out early so you can take your time!

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