Lena Lake Trail to Upper Lena Lake Trail

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Lena Lake Trail to Upper Lena Lake Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lilliwaup, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
12.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5009 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The 3 mi trail to the lower lake is wide, well maintained and easy to moderate. As you approach the lake you see glimpses of it through the trees. Continue on the main trail which parallels the west side of the lake until you come to the upper lake trail. This trail immediately becomes a single track trail and you notice the increase in elevation. The upper lakes trail is noticeably more difficult but becomes even more so as you approach Upper Lena Lake. The last hour or so was very challenging especially with packs. Many people camp at Lower Lena and do a day hike up. Along the upper trail, you enter the Olympic National Park so dogs are not allowed past that point. Be prepared for lots of vertical hiking. Upon coming to a beautiful alpine meadow you feel a little relief from the challenge only to realize the rest of the hike is the most difficult. There are 8 designated wilderness campsites which require a permit and reservations for a stay. It is needless to say, beautiful and secluded. From Upper Lena you can explore Scout Lake and Milk Lake. This is a spectacular hike with views at the top of Mt Lena and Mt Rainier.

backpacking
22 days ago

Me & two friends went Sept 23-26 & had an amazing time!!!! We did a day hike to Milk Lake & enjoyed the hike there very much. While we were there we saw mountain goats on the mountains surrounding the lake. We also saw deer, bears, rabbit, frogs, eagle, osprey & a little snake on this trip. We did a little fishing but the trout are small. There were tons of blueberries all over the place. We ate pounds of them...it helped process all of the dehydrated food! LOL

The hike itself was great...the more intense it gets, the closer you are to the upper lake.

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2 months ago

wow! be in shape for this one. amazing views. well worth the hike. bring polls!!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning scenery! The horse flies were so intense that we couldn't it enjoy much, even with all the bug spray we had on.

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2 months ago

fantastic hike beautiful lakes and such great access to the Olympics

backpacking
3 months ago

16 switchbacks to lower lena

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3 months ago

We tried to make it to Upper Lena Lake today, but we've never hiked this trail before. We were probably .1 miles or less from it, but lost the trail in the snow. Walked around for a bit trying to find it, but fell through the snow and decided it wasn't worth it. There wasn't another person on the upper trail but tons of people on the lower trail. Didn't see any bugs until we took the Upper trail. No horse flies at all. Lower trail to the main lake is relatively easy going. Upper trail is much more challenging with several blow downs.

4 months ago

had a great hike to upper Lena and milk lake. pretty wet in Nov.

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