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
4570 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.

1 day ago

Fun trail...didn’t get to upper Lena Lake today since I wasn’t prepared for that much snow. Definitely would be fine to get through with proper footwear. No snow for about 1.5 miles past the lower Lena lookout rock.

backpacking
6 months 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.

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

fantastic hike beautiful lakes and such great access to the Olympics

backpacking
9 months ago

16 switchbacks to lower lena

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hiked in late November, trail conditions are still great. Nothing challenging, beautiful up at lower Lena. No snow at Lower Lena, but the snow line starts on the way up to Upper Lena. Road to the trailhead is paved and perfect. Bathrooms are closed up at the lake though~

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Too crowded. Plenty of parking,toilet at TH.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hikers should be aware that dogs are not permitted beyond the National Park boundary. You can take your dog to the lower lake, but not to Upper Lena Lake.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 3 mi trail to the lower lake is wide, well maintained and easy to moderate. I wish people would stop cutting the switchbacks as this wear on the trail detracts from the beauty of it. As you approach the lake you see glimpses of it through the trees. We continued on the main trail which parallels the west side of the lake until we came 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. Our last hour or so was very challenging especially with our 20-30 lb packs. I can see why 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 leadow you feel a little relief from the challenge only to realize the rest of the hike is the most difficult. We are seasoned mountain hikers and were exhausted upon our arrival to Upper Lena Lake. 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. We found that trail maps for these trail extensions to be non-existent but the trails seem easy to follow. This is a spectacular hike with views at the top of Mt Lena and Mt Rainier.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Good day for a hike. The lower lake is not hard to get to and is a great lake. Started making my way to the upper but then my knee started to be crappy. For the section I did make my way up was very nice and peaceful. And a thanks to the WTA who were heading up to do some trail maintenance.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The hike was great and the lake was beautiful

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

This is a hike, not a walk. The lower lake is doable for younger kids, ( lots of switch backs) but to reach the upper lake, it's a lot tougher. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can hike in and out in a day, or hike in and camp. Both lakes are beautiful, but the upper lake is the best.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The lower lake is very accessible and the upper lake is incredible, though a climb.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gorgeous hike, we went mid July 2016 and the trail was very well maintained. Moderately trafficked, nice camp grounds at the lower Lake and very peaceful setting.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Very nice hike. The lake at the end was worth it!!!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

gorgeous hike

hiking
Monday, April 11, 2016

Easy hike. Good for early conditioning. Busy trail but people were friendly. Beautiful lake even on an overcast day.

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

It was an amazing trip and I'd recommend going of trail a little To the waterfall and getting down to the lake

hiking
Monday, March 14, 2016

This was a wonderful hike , we didn't make it to the lake just the first bridge. We hit about a foot of snow covering the trails and coming down fast and hard. Would do this one again in the spring when the snow lets up. A bit fought due to the weather. Wear rain waterproof boots because you cross several small creeks and water is running across the trails. Warm gloves with an extra pair would be recommended as well.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Beautiful snow hike.

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

A little strenuous for 5 & 7 yr old boys but made for a great adventure. Even though it's mostly uphill to the lake, it was not monotonous at all. Water level was low at lake due to drought. The middle section with the bridges, large rocks and underground river were cool.

camping
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Loved it! Beautiful but steep trail going up to a wonderful lake

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Hike up to lower Lena lake was all uphill. But the views of the woods were nice! Once you get to the lake there are plenty of campgrounds near the lake and great views to enjoy the scenery!

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Beautiful hike! I read some previous reviews about campers not packing out what they brought but that wasn't an issue when we went. I packed our 18 month old daughter on my back and our 3 year old hiked all the way up in about 2 hours 15 minutes. Lake was beautiful and clear. The way down was a nice easy hike back going down hill and took about 1 hour 45 minutes. Without kids a light jog would have felt nice and made the trip down much faster. Overall a great day hike but we would love to camp on the lake next time. (:

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Very lovely trail from the start. Some nice views along the way to the lake. Lots of fat people on the trail so its not too hard...Also, do everyone a favor and keep your dog leashed up. Nobody wants to hear you yelling "FIDO GET BACK HERE!!!" at the top of your lungs...

camping
Monday, August 17, 2015

This hike was wonderful made you work for the stunning lake at the summit. We took this early season and it snowed at the lake late evening and over night! It was like hiking through all four seasons. What a perfect camping trip. When we got to the upper Lena lake we had to rappel down a snowy hill to reach camp. The trail is well maintained and the environment goes from dry to rainforest to lake take this early season for the best hike and a little work.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Easy trail. Water level on lake low.

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