hiking
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
snow
3 days ago

(Hiked 6/2/20) Absolutely gorgeous trail, even on a drizzly day! My partner and I loved the constant change in scenery and the creek and little waterfalls you follow along the way up. Still good patches of snow for the last .5 - .75 miles, but spikes would only be necessary if you wanted to hike completely around the lake. Did see bear tracks and a black bear! Dissension was tricky on the knees dude to the slippery roots and rocks and the overgrown parts. We will definitely be back this summer to camp! Should also mention that there are lots of potholes on the drive up.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

Turned this short out and back into a fun little overnighter. It was cold and wet but we had a good time all the same. The trail is in good condition (just a little snow) and there are some vistas if you're willing to hike a little off trail. If you live on the OP, definitely add this to your day hike repertoire.

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
washed out
8 days ago

Hike to Lower Lena is pleasant and relatively easy, lake is beautiful right now. Heading to Upper Lena Lake is a steep increase in difficulty, with the lead-in from the National Forest to the National Park having lots of downed branches; super fun, though, and very much looks like an unfinished creation. At about 3500 ft, though, you start running into snow, which is very unstable right now. Turned back probably .5 miles before at a snow field with a little stream crossing that looked sketchy. Saw some folks who had gotten to the upper lake, and they said they had to full on ford a river (shoes off, socks off), and the lake is frozen so they only stayed 5 minutes. Still, worth it to head up to around the snow.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
10 days ago

I usually do this trail via Townsend, but did the Way Trail yesterday full pack for conditioning. My mileage was more than 6 miles. I thought this trail was on the harder side of moderate around the 1 1/2 mile mark then wasn't too bad. Trail is in good condition, turn right at the T that isn't really marked...remember it for way back. I used micro spikes for about 1/2 mi. toward the end, but they weren't a must... just helped. Pretty rocky and rooty in parts. Lake is mostly iced over still. but thin layer will thaw soon.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of campsites once you reach the river. Lots of parking at the trailhead.

Very pretty trail. You need some waterproof boots as water is sometimes rushing down the trail. I had to turn back at 5.2 miles where there was a strong and deep stream I could not cross. Very busy to go to Lena lake but I did not see anybody afterwards.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
15 days ago

blowdown
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
20 days ago

attempted the upper tail yesterday 5/16 lower lena lake is easy but do not underestimate the upper trail. 0 maintenance so far this year. The trail becomes sketchy really quickly especially in the rain. Trees and rocks everywhere. We made it .07 miles from the top and lost the trail due to snow and had to turn back. Heavily trafficked even for dumping rain.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
21 days ago

This was probably the worst experience I’ve had on a hike. Mostly due to my ability’s. But, know before you go, more then half of the trail is in snow or snow/mud. The last mile or more (idk I didn’t make it to the lake before deciding to turn around) is either knee deep snow or compacted and slippery. If you look at my recording you’ll see I went all over the place, that is due to my ability to ascertain a discernible trail in the snow pack. This lead me to being off trail for so long I had to give up in order to ensure I got back to my car before dark. I will try this trail again when there is hopefully less snow.

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