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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.

Jan 21st 2019. Road leading up to the trailhead is closed. We had to walk 42minutes before reaching the trailhead. Snow at trailhead. I would recommend spikes and snowshoes. Once you reach the creek you will need snowshoes.

Decent little jaunt, it’s fun to explore a place practically in our backyard. Good place to walk a dog.

Definitely recommend spikes. Poles were helpful on the way out because it was downhill and snowy and some sections were icy. Totally worth it. The lake is completely covered in snow at this point, but the views are beautiful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

I would consider this on the more difficult side of moderate only because of the incline. The views from the top make all the effort getting there worth it.
There were tree trunks and quite a few rocks on the trail but other than that doable. I saw many dogs and young kids so anyone can do this hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Lovely hike! Great couple hour rip. No spikes needed. Arrived at 8:45 was 6th car, down at 10:55 and 30-40 cars in lot. Glad I came early!

Recommend bringing spikes. I just had hiking boots which was fine but would have been easier with spikes. The lake is gorgeous and for the people that are worried about the potholes on the .4 mile road to the trail head, invest in something other than a Prius and you’ll be okay

Love this trail. Takes us an hour 45 to go up and down, we run most of the way down. There are logs down over the trail currently just FYI!

Lots of downed trees but very hikeable and busy Sunday morning. Clouds in the valley looked great!

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rocky
3 days ago

Started with light rain. Trail has many spots that could use water bars. Lots of water on the trail. Bring your waterproof boots. No snow from TH to Lower Lena. Light traffic. Bring oxygen mask and TP if you use the TH bathrooms. Ugh!

Went around 1030am on a Friday and there wasn’t much of a crowd. The trail is well maintained and you can feel the slight incline going up but it’s not overly challenging. Beautiful views at the top and a good spot to take a break with a snack before heading down. Took a little under two and half hours in total.

One of my all time favorite trails. The view is beautiful and I went on a clear day so you could see for miles and miles. We brought lunch to eat once we got up to the top as well.

hiking
4 days ago

Loved this hike, would suggest to start really early to avoid the crowds on your way up.

hiking
4 days ago

Did Si last year in Feb, bring your micro spikes as it gets really icy and snow in the last mile. Awesome, well worth view at the top.

Amazing hike. Mid January, feels like summer.

snowshoeing
snow
5 days ago

Came in from the south side. Snowline was around 2800 and that's where we parked. Road is fine all the way up and over the pass. About 3 ft of snow at the pass. Turned around on the north side where the creek from Chucks Lake crosses the road - snow was starting to thin there. Would I go again? Probably not. We saw a couple of 'good ol' boys' in 4-wheel drives, and that's the last thing I want to see snowshoeing, but I guess that's to be expected since it was an open forest road. At least we didn't encounter any of those obnoxious snowmobiles.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Went on 1/17/19 at 0700. The trail head lists the hike at 8 miles total. The trail itself was fun because you start out in a lush rainforest and end up in a winter wonderland. The trail doesn't offer many views, but it's a nice landscape to hike through. Micro spikes needed. No need for snow shoes. The road leading up to the trail has numerous potholes, so drive slowly.

trail running
6 days ago

a lot of bikes. pretty flat. a lot of garbage where the trail is parallel to the freeway.

very beautiful lake and not a lot of people. I did end up taking a side trail that I didn't mean to but it was still a good hike.

Nice peaceful walk. Not many on the trail. A flock of ducks landed in the river not far from me. Free state parks day. Will take my three year old granddaughter when it warms up a bit

we did this hike on New Years Eve and again this past Sunday. One of our favorites for sure. NYE there was allot of snow, obviously fresh and super cold. This past weekend, much of the snow was gone and the lake wasnt as frozen. Two very different hikes and very different views along the way with and without the snow. Cant wait to come back in the summer to camp! Easy in and out very little elevation. Just enough to get your heart rate up a bit and then your there. LOTS of dogs off their leashes would be my only negative comment. We brought 3 dogs both times and kept them leashed for caution both times.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing trail! Go early on a weekday and you’ll practically have it to yourself (I left the trailhead at 7:30am and there were only few other cars). Took me ~80’ of powerhiking to summit (excluding haystack) and 40’ to run down. But I also spent plenty of time at the summit, exploring the rocks and scrambling up haystack (do it!). The views were just stunning. Rainier towers over the rest of the Cascades and the olympics were totally clear to the west. Very little snow at the top. I did the whole thing in trail running shoes and didn’t have a problem.

Several small creeks to cross, and beautiful vistas as you climb to the top. The frozen lakes are amazing. The view at the top was incredible! This time of year, a lifted vehicle with chains highly recommended.

Nice hike definitely recommend microspikes and poles. Has some icy sections.

hiking
9 days ago

This was my 2nd time coming here. I love it. I hated outmaneuver underneath the fallen logs from the storm not to long ago. If you have bad knees yes this will be awkwardly painful. Other than that at the ledge it was super windy and cold. Took my group of ladies about 3 hours to finish. The sunset was pretty <3

hiking
9 days ago

This was my 2nd time coming here. I love it. I hated outmaneuver underneath the fallen logs from the storm not to long ago. If you have bad knees yes this will be awkwardly painful. Other than that at the ledge it was super windy and cold. Took my group of ladies about 3 hours to finish. The sunset was pretty <3

Soooooo beautiful ! Summer time is definitely the best!

Went at 1:15pm. Very crowded in parts of the trail but was able to run some on the way up and down. Beautiful views! Worth every bit of traffic!

Not too strenuous and no views going up. Views at the three ledges aren’t as good as surrounding national parks.

Such a nice hike! I packed extra layers & I’m so glad I did. They were needed at the top, once you stop moving it gets really cold, but the view is worth it!

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