Backpack to Upper Lena Lake

Lena Lake Trail #810

Distance

14 Miles

Elevation Gain

3900 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tara Warolin

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Lake
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

This is a beautiful hike to alpine lakes which offer amazing views and great lakeside campsites.

The hike to Upper Lena Lake is a beautiful one. It first takes you past Lena Lake, which is a very popular weekend destination for families. Luckily you're pushing on to Upper Lena Lake that sits in a peaceful alpine meadow with Mt. Lena and Mt. Bretherton towering above.

The first part of the trail takes you past Lena Lake. You cannot see Lena Lake from the main trail. You need to take a separate path down to the lake. There are 28 established campsites at Lena Lake.

Remember that if you are continuing to Upper Lena Lake, you will be entering Olympic National Park and must have a backcountry permit.

You will enter Olympic National Park at four miles and cross a creek at 5 miles. Around here is where the trail is fairly flat, giving you a little time to get energized for the climb up.

The last few miles are pretty grueling, but once you get to the lake you'll forgot all about those burning thighs. Make sure to bring your swimsuit on a hot summer day so you can jump in and cool off. Although some people seem to think a swimsuit is optional.

A couple other things to remember, bring bug spray! Lots of bug spray! They are really bad up there. And if you can haul it up, bring a great camera and tripod because the night sky is crisp and clear for some amazing starry night shots.

Make sure to only camp in designated campsites.

*** If you love seafood, especially oysters, stop at the Hama Hama Oyster Company off Hwy 101 for a plate of their raw or grilled oysters. You won't be disappointed.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $40/night

LOGE Westport

Westport, Washington

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Beautiful!

We did this as a day hike- we camped at Lena Lake and then summited the Brothers the next day. This is a gorgeous alpine lake that offers seclusion and gorgeous views.

Distance

14 Miles

Elevation Gain

3900 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Tara Warolin

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